Chocolate Yule Log

Hello! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! Before Christmas season is out completely, here is a post for the Yule Log that I made this year! Christmas pudding is nice, but Yule Log wins every time. I fancied having a go at making my own this year.  Here it is……

Yule Log

For the sponge I used this recipe from the Waitrose website.

For the sponge you need:

5 eggs

150g caster sugar

75g plain flour

2tbsp cocoa powder

25g melted butter

Preheat the oven to 190C and grease and line a swiss roll tin. They suggest a tin 26cm x 35cm. Mine was a bit smaller than this so I used the mix to make one big roll and one little one to use as the branch on the log.

Put the eggs and sugar in a bowl and whisk for about 6-8 minutes. The mixture should become surprisingly thick.

Egg and sugar mix

Sift the flour and cocoa over the egg and sugar mixture and fold in with a metal spoon. Next fold in 2tbsp of hot water and drizzle in the melted butter. Fold everything in until completely combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and spread evenly. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Cake mix

Once out of the oven turn out onto a sheet of baking paper, sprinkled with caster sugar. Peel the paper off the top of the sponge and use the paper underneath it to roll the sponge up while it is still warm. Start from the short end. The paper should be kept inside the roll. Leave to cool rolled up.

SpongeRolled sponge











For the filling:

150 g butter

150g icing sugar

55g cocoa powder

Beat the butter until it is soft and then gradually beat in the icing sugar and cocoa powder. Once fully cooled, carefully unroll the sponge and spread with buttercream. Then roll up again using the greaseproof paper to help. Don’t worry about any cracks in the sponge.

Spread with filling

Roll again








For the icing:

100g icing sugar

200ml double cream

150g plain chocolate

Pour the cream into a pan and gently heat. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate, stirring until it is melted. Beat in the icing sugar. You should have a lovely smooth mixture. This needs to set a bit before you can spread it, so put it in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Then spread evenly over the cake. To get the branch on the log you can either make a separate roll for it, or cut the end from your log on a diagonal and use icing to attach it to the main log. Use a fork to make bark patterns in the icing.



 And now the fun bit…..decorate!! I attempted to make chocolate snowflakes with my cutter, it was harder than I realised, so I stuck with icing in the end!



Close up

Yule Log






Happy New Year!!

Lottie xx

7 thoughts on “Chocolate Yule Log

  1. nanny

    I cannot wait till you come to visit us and you can make a yule log for us it really looks yummy and the comments I have heard it tastes wonderful my mouth is watering talking about it love nannyxxx

  2. Uncle Neil

    I do not really have a sweet tooth but i think i could be converted after looking at the photos and reading the comments !! Happy baking in 2012 !! xx .


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