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Yule Log

Yule Log

As history has it, the yule log symbolizes the new year to come and brings good luck to your family. How that tradition became a cake, who knows, but it is a delicious tradition that everyone can agree on.


For the Swiss Roll

  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup superfine (caster) sugar
  • 8 oz dark chocolate
  • 4 tbsp water


  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Other edible holiday decorations


Swiss Roll

  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Line a 9 x 13 jelly roll tin with parchment paper and grease.
  • In a large bowl, whisk sugar and egg yolks together until light, thick mixture is formed.
  • Melt chocolate with the water in either the microwave or over a pan of slightly boiling water.
  • Add chocolate to the egg and sugar mixture and stir gently.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form stiff, firm peaks.
  • Slowly fold the egg whites into the chocolate sponge mixture.
  • Spread the sponge mix into the prepared tin, smoothing the surface very gently, without knocking the air out.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until firm to the touch.
  • Cool completely.
  • Quickly flop the pan onto parchment paper, remove the baked piece of parchment from the sponge.
  • Trim any ragged edges.


  • Whip the cream and vanilla extract until cream loosely holds its shape.
  • Spread the cream evenly over the entire sponge surface leaving a 3/4-inch margin on either of the two short sides.
  • Cut a small incision 3/4-inch in from one of the short edges, but don’t cut through the cake (this is to help roll).
  • Carefully fold the cut edge towards the cream, using the paper on the work surface to roll until the log is formed.
  • Top with sugar, chocolate sprinkles or other edible holiday decorations.
  • Serve.


Enjoy the yule log with a cup of tea or coffee. It can also be served with traditional Christmas pudding.

Inspired by and adapted from: delish