Recipes and Cooking New Year's Almond Log Cake 4.2 (12) Add your rating & review Serve this nutty sweet sponge cake roll while celebrating the French custom of burning a Yule log, which prevents bad spirits from flowing down the chimney into the new year. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on June 14, 2011 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Mike Dieter Prep Time: 1 hrs 30 mins Bake Time: 12 mins Total Time: 1 hrs 42 mins Servings: 12 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 5 egg whites ⅛ teaspoon salt ⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar 5 egg yolks 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla ½ cup ground toasted almonds ¾ cup sifted cake flour ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon Powdered sugar 1 ¾ cup whipping cream 1 8 ounce can almond paste ¼ cup whipping cream 2 tablespoon amaretto or 2 teaspoons vanilla ¼ cup toasted almond slices Purchased marzipan pigs or assorted fruits (optional) Directions Grease a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Line with waxed paper. Grease and flour waxed paper; set aside. Beat egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Beat egg yolks in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on high speed for 5 minutes or until thick and pale. Gradually add granulated sugar, beating on high speed until sugar is almost dissolved. Stir in the 1 teaspoon vanilla and the ground almonds. Stir flour, nutmeg, and cinnamon together; gently stir into egg yolk mixture. Fold about one-fourth of the egg white mixture into the flour mixture to lighten. Fold remaining egg white mixture into flour mixture just until combined. Spread in the prepared pan. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until cake springs back. Do not allow to brown. Immediately loosen cake from pan. Invert cake onto a towel sprinkled with powdered sugar. Remove waxed paper. Roll up warm cake and towel together, jelly-roll style, starting from a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack. For almond filling, beat the 1-3/4 cups whipping cream in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl over); set aside. Finely crumble almond paste into a medium bowl. Add the 1/4 cup whipping cream and the amaretto or 2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until nearly smooth. Fold about one-fourth of whipped cream into almost paste mixture to lighten. Fold remaining whipped cream into almond paste mixture. Gently unroll cake. Spread half of the almond filling on cake to within 1 inch of the edges. Roll up cake, without towel, into a spiral, starting from a short side. Place on a serving plate. Lightly frost cake with remaining filling and sprinkle with toasted sliced almonds. Garnish with purchased marzipan pigs for luck or assorted fruits, if desired. Makes 12 servings. Tips Refrigerate prepared cake, covered, for up to 8 hours. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 400 Calories 26g Fat 35g Carbs 8g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 12 Calories 400 % Daily Value * Total Fat 26g 33% Saturated Fat 11g 55% Cholesterol 143mg 48% Sodium 66mg 3% Total Carbohydrate 35g 13% Protein 8g Iron 1.8mg 10% *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.