Chocolate Yule Log

The Yule Log is one of those desserts that always impresses your family and guests and you know what – it’s actually quite simple to make! You make a quick sponge cake, throw some of your favorite filling in there and roll it up. Slather that puppy with a heaping dose of chocolate icing and call it a day! You can take some short cuts and use store bought frosting – or you can make your own. Either way, this is going to be one show stopping dessert at your Christmas dinner!

Chocolate Yule Log

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Serves 16

Chocolate Yule Log


  • 5 eggs, room temperature, separated
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large containers Store Bought Chocolate Frosting
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. In a mixer bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; transfer to another bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks at high speed until light and fluffy. Slowly add sugar until mixture is thick and light-colored. Add flour and cocoa powder, beating on low speed. Fold into egg white mixture until no streaks of white remain.
  3. Grease a large baking pan; line with parchment paper, and grease and flour paper again. Pour batter evenly in pan. Bake at 350° for 13-15 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly.
  4. Let cool, remove cake from baking pan and set aside.
  5. Whip the heavy cream and vanilla extra in a mixer until soft peaks form.
  6. Spread the whipped cream over cake; roll up, jellyroll style, starting from one short end.
  7. Cut off the 2 ends and set aside, these will be used later for decoration
  8. Spread frosting over the entire cake. Add the ends to the cake to add height. Frost these additions until covered. Use a fork to create a bark-like effect. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.


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  1. It may sound like a dumb question, but what size sheet pan are you using for the sponge cake?

  2. I have never considered making one of these, but the short cuts you showed make me think I could handle this without too much trouble. The garnishes are just the right touch to make this a beautiful holiday dessert and center piece!

  3. It’s not Christmas in our home without a yule log! I’ve even given many away as gifts over the years. Yours look beautiful and delicious!

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