Traditional Chocolate Yule Log

Traditional Chocolate Yule Log


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The Yule log is definitely a Christmas classic. It’s easier to make than it looks and fun as well! The cream adds the perfect lightness to the cake. You can decorate this cake however you’d like. It’s festive, moist, and delicious!

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Time needed

15 min preparation + 20 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

12 servings


  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ C. granulated sugar
  • ⅔ C. all-purpose flour
  • ¼ C. cocoa powder
  • Icing
  • 2 C. heavy cream
  • 4 Tbs. apricot jam, melted
  • 1 C. dark chocolate, chopped
  • Confectioner’s sugar, garnish

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a standing mixer, whisk the eggs and sugar. Combine the cocoa powder and flour. Stir this into the wet ingredients. Pour the batter into a greased swiss-roll pan and bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Turn out the pan and place the swiss roll on parchment paper.

While this is cooling, make the icing by melting the chocolate and 1 ½ cups of the cream. Place this in the refrigerator and let it cool until it firms up. Whip the remaining cream until it thickens. Unroll the swiss roll and spread the icing on top (reserving some for the outside.) and then the whipped cream. Reroll the cake tightly. Cut a section off of the cake and place it adjacent to the log to form a tree branch-like shape. Cover the cake with melted apricot jam and the remainder of the chocolate frosting; pipe it onto the log to resemble bark.

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