Chocolate Yule Log

This 'Nigella' inspired Yule Log has gone straight in the freezer ready to be pulled out on Christmas Eve, sprinkled with some icing sugar, and maybe, just maybe 2 little robins on top (as my Nan used to do).

I feel like I'm really on top of my Christmas preparations this year. Last Christmas was way toooo hectic - I got married on the 29th December so Christmas went by as a bit of a blur. This year I just want to relax with the family, eat what I want (I had to be a bit careful last year) and be 'merry'(and you all know what that constitutes in my book). Bring it on!!!!!!

For the cake;
6 Eggs separated
150g Caster Sugar
50 g Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

For the Icing:
175g Dark Chocolate
250g Icing Sugar
225g Butter, softened
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Step 1: Preheat oven 180c and line a swiss roll tin with baking parchment (let it overhang the edges)
Step 2: Whisk the egg whites until the form stiff peaks and continue to whisk while you add 50g of the sugar.
Step 3: Whisk together the egg yolks and remaining sugar until it becomes thick, pale and moussy, sieve in cocoa and fold in with vanilla extract.
Step 4: Combine with the egg whites by folding in gently then tip into tin and bake for 20 minutes.
Step 5: To make the icing, melt the chocolate, beat together the butter and sieved icing sugar then combine with the now cooled chocolate and vanilla extract.
Step 6: When the cake comes out of the oven, let it cool for 5 minutes before turing out onto another piece of parchment paper.
Step 7: Spread a thin layer of the icing on top of the cake then roll up to form a roll.
Step 8: Place on a presentation plate and smother the icing over it.
Step 9: At this point you can put it in the freezer or serve sprinkled with icing sugar if you wish.


  1. Beautiful yule log! I remember making one of these years ago for my high school french class. You really do seem on top of everything

  2. Mmmm can't beat a chocolate yule log at Christmas. I can't wait to make mine ;o)


  3. It is a really clever idea that one can keep this in the freezer.
    You are very well organized for christmas.

  4. Hi Beth, wow you are so organised and your Yule log and it looks very beautiful. I have mine yet to make and taking a tip out of your book bake and freeze :)

    Rosie x

  5. This will definitely be a much less hectic Christmas for you. By the way Happy one year Anniversary (soon) to you both Beth:D

  6. I have always wanted to make one of these but have never gotten around to it!! Yours looks great!

  7. Mmmm. I've never made a yule log before. I love the thick frosting!

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  9. That looks absolutely gorgeous, hope it tastes as good as it looks...

    Have a great wedding anniversary as well for the 29th.

  10. You are SO organised! I bet this will go down a treat with friends and family over Christmas. I love how you have managed to get the icing looking like bark.

  11. How scrumptious!
    I didn't know you could freeze icing like that - how brilliant. If only I was spending Christmas here, I could fill the freezer up with all these goodies too.

  12. What a great make ahead treat, and it doesn't hurt that it is 'chocolate' :)

  13. Ooooo, Eeee, Beth, that looks fantastic. This year I am totally disorganised, and I'm meeting myself coming back. %-) I hope you have a very "merry" Crimbo this year.

  14. That looks lovely Beth! I wish I was as organised as you. I have most of my pressies, but I haven't even thought about food yet.

    Have you frozen one of these before? How do you freeze it without the icing getting squashed?

  15. Looks amazing - i bet it tastes yummy x

  16. Hi Holler
    I just open froze it then covered in foil when it was hard

  17. Yule log - that's another thing on my to do list! I'm impressed at your organisation!


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