12 Bakes of Christmas Day 9

Festive Yule log recipe to make your Christmas table extra special this year. 

Festive Yule Log

A festive yule log recipe? How can it be that time of year again? It always seems to come around so fast, before you know it its December and you’re rushing around trying to get everything prepared for the big day. When it comes to the main event, let me tell you a secret … I hate Christmas cake! Yuck, its dry and squidgy all at the same time, I’m not a huge fan of marzipan and I don’t like the idea of how log its been sat around. But a festive yule log, a light chocolate cake rolled up with fresh whipped cream and smothered in a dark chocolate ganache, I’d take that over a fruit cake that has probably been sat around since last Christmas any day.

Festive Yule Log
Festive Yule Log

Festive yule logs are super quick and easy to put together, you can make the chocolate ganache the day before and throw the whole thing together in less than 30 min just before you serve it.  That’s my kind of dessert, anything that has that wow factor but takes minimum effort is what you want to be making over the festive season. The trick to making the perfect spiral inside is to roll it up in a tea towel straight out of the oven, then just unroll and fill with whipped cream when its cool and roll it back up and you’ll have the perfect festive yule log every time. 

Festive Yule Log

Ingredients – for the festive yule log

  1. 65g flour
  2. 4 eggs, room temperature 
  3. 100g caster sugar 
  4. 50g coco powder
  5. Icing sugar to decorate and to coat your work surface
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 1 tsp baking powder
  8. 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 

Ingredients – for the chocolate ganache 

  1. 300g double cream
  2. 300g dark chocolate, chopped 

Ingredients – for the cream filling 

  1. 300ml double cream
  2. 70g caster sugar 

Method – for the festive yule log

  1. Preheat oven to 190C / 375F. Grease a large shallow baking tray; line with baking paper. I actually just used my grill pan. Grease and flour the paper too. Lightly dust a thin, cotton kitchen towel with a little icing sugar.
  2. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, coco powder and salt, stir to combine and set aside.
  3. Beat together eggs and sugar in large mixing bowl using an electric whisk, the mixture should be pale and frothy with lots of bubbles.
  4. Carefully fold in your flour mixture, do this gently but thoroughly to make sure you don’t knock out too much of the air.
  5. Transfer the mix to your baking pan.
  6. Bake for 8-10min or until the top of the cake springs back when lightly touched.
  7. Immediately turn cake onto your sugared towel. Carefully remove the baking paper. Starting with one of the narrow ends, carefully roll up the cake and the towel together. Leave to one side until completely cooled.

Method – for the chocolate ganache 

  1. Heat your cream in a medium pan over a medium heat to just before boiling. Be careful not to let it boil. 
  2. Remove from the heat and add your chocolate, gently stir until the chocolate has melted. 
  3. Cool to room temperature then pop into the fridge to firm up for an hour. 

Method – for the cream filling and assembling

  1. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric whisk, whip the cream, adding the sugar gradually until it forms stiff peaks. 
  2. Carefully unroll your cake and take away the towel.
  3. Spread your whipped cream evenly over the cake and re roll.
  4. Using a spatula, coat your roll in the chocolate ganache, you don’t have to be too neat for this. I left mine at this point and decorated, however if you wish you can run a fork lightly, vertically along the log for a more traditional yule log look.
  5. Give the whole log a light dusting of icing sugar and decorate. I used edible snowflakes but you can use holly or any decoration you like. Here are some of my favourites!  Snowflakes Edible holly
Festive Yule Log
Festive Yule Log

And there you have it, my festive yule log recipe. If you give this a try let me know how it goes by tagging @whatseatingmanchester in your social media post. And for more festive inspiration visit my blog.

Sarah x