Recipe: Yule Log


I have no idea where the tradition of Yule Logs has come from, and I’ve never made one before but I fancied giving it a go and it was pretty good – even if I do say so myself!

Recipe: Yule Log


  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • pinch of cream of tartar
  • 115g plain flour
  • 250ml whipping cream
  • 200g milk chocolate
  • 100g plain chocolate

Recipe: Yule Log


  • Preheat the oven 190C/375F/Gas 5. Grease a large, square baking sheet/tin – we used a Kitchen Craft one and it worked really well.
  • Whisk the egg yolks with 125g caster sugar and add the vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites with the cream of tartar until soft peaks are formed. Add the rest of the sugar and whisk until stiff.
  • Fold some flour into the egg yolk mixture followed by some of the egg white mixture, repeat until all the ingredients are combined.
  • Spread the mixture into the baking tin and bake for 15 minutes. Turn out onto greaseproof paper and roll up whilst still warm. Leave to cool.

Recipe: Yule Log

  • Break the chocolate into pieces and put in a bowl. Heat the cream in a pan until boiling. Add to the chocolate and stir until melted. Beat well and leave to cool slightly until it is a spreading consistency.
  • Spread a third of the chocolate onto the inside of the rolled up cake and then roll again. Cut off a quarter of the cake at an angle and align next to the main part of the cake.
  • Pour the chocolate over the cake and use a fork to draw lines in the bark.
  • Sprinkle with icing sugar to serve.

Recipe: Yule Log

Disclosure: We were sent the above baking sheet to help with this recipe however all opinions are my own.


1 Comment

  1. December 10, 2014 / 10:47 am

    Yule logs are traditionally whole trees that were burnt from Christmas through to 12th night and the ashes kept for good luck! There’s something about Winter solstice too, but I think so many traditions and stories from all over Europe became mixed that I’ve never really heard a definitive answer. Chocolate Yule logs are just us turning everything into food – and delicious they are too. Yours looks lovely, and I’m in awe of your baking sheet – I’ve only got shallow or square ones which makes swiss roll a bit tricky! 😀

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