Blogmas Day 13: Baking a Yule Log

It’s Blogmas Day 13!

Last week I decided to make a Yule Log for the first time. I won’t lie, it was messy. There was chocolate everywhere, there was loads of washing up to do, I realised halfway through that I’d forgotten to buy icing sugar and had to run to the shop, I said “this is a disaster” about 100 times. But actually, it turned out just fine and it tasted delicious!


125g caster sugar
4 eggs
60g softened butter
100g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons water
1 pinch salt
25g Cocoa Powder

Chocolate buttercream
150g butter, softened
200g icing sugar (plus extra for dusting)
100g dark chocolate, chopped
25g Cocoa Powder

First, preheat the oven to 180 C and grease and line a swiss roll tin.

Next, mix together the eggs and sugar. Add the softened butter, flour, salt, baking powder and water. Beat until well combined.

Still mixing, slowly add the cocoa powder until thoroughly mixed in.

Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin, making sure it’s been spread evenly.

Pop it into the preheated oven for 12 minutes.

After baking, wait a few minutes and then carefully turn out the cake onto a large piece of baking paper. Roll the paper and the cake from one short end to the other and leave to cool. (It’s important to do this step whilst the sponge is still hot so that it doesn’t crack and helps it to set rolled up!)

To make the buttercream, melt the chocolate and leave to one side.

Beat the softened butter until light and creamy. Gradually add the icing sugar. Add the melted chocolate and cocoa powder and beat until well combined.

Carefully unroll the cooled sponge and spread a layer of buttercream to the edges.

Firmly roll the sponge back up.

Using the remaining buttercream, cover the entire roll with buttercream. It doesn’t need to be neat – the rough edges make it look more like the bark of a tree! You can drag a fork across the buttercream to add to the bark effect.

Dust the log with icing sugar to look like snow and add optional decorations. I added little sparkly snowflake sprinkles and I think they made it look so lovely!

Leave the frosting to set and then it’s ready to serve!


Despite it being a bit stressful to make, it was worth the effort. I’m so proud of this cake and I’m sure it’ll be so much easier next time now that I know it’ll turn out okay!

I hope you’re having a lovely December so far!

Shannon x

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