Yule Log

Yule Log is a famous Christmas dessert. By seeing Pinterest ideas, I have wanted to try baking this cake for a long time, and this year I finally found time to do it. Yule Log is often looking like a cake roll, but I have also seen some ideas about a round cake. It is made of cocoa sponge with added walnuts or hazelnuts, filled with creamy frosting and decorated in a way it resembles a tree trunk.

This yule log is a chocolate version with walnuts and hazelnuts. Sponge is rich and fluffy. The frosting is mildly chocolatey and has a distinct hazelnut taste. You can find yule logs with totally white frosting or with dark chocolate. My Yule Log is enough for 15 pieces and preparation time is 2 hours.  

 

Ingredients

Sponge

  • 5 eggs
  • 150 g sugar
  • 165 g flour
  • 15 g cocoa powder
  • 15 g powdered chocolate
  • 50 g minced walnuts
  • 15 g baking powder
  • 50 ml vegetable oil

     

Frosting

  • 200 ml sweet cream
  • 500 g mascarpone
  • 180 g milk chocolate with hazelnuts OR

    (1 tablespoon powdered sugar + 150 g dark chocolate + 20 g chopped hazelnuts)

     

Decoration

  • 200 ml sweet cream
  • 80 g dark chocolate

     

Procedure

First, bake the sponge. Whip eggs with sugar, then add other ingredients. Stir slowly until just combined. Pour in rectangle shaped baking tray and bake on 180 degrees C, the baking time depends on the thickness of the sponge, minimum is 15 minutes, maximum 20 minutes.

When baked, turn it over on a fresh piece of parchment paper and immediately roll it. Let cool.

Meanwhile, prepare the frosting. Whip the sweet cream. Add mascarpone and melted milk chocolate with hazelnuts. Mix thoroughly.

Roll out the sponge and spread frosting evenly on it. Roll again. Put it on a serving tray.

Whip the sweet cream and melt dark chocolate. When the chocolate is about room temperature, add it to whipped sweet cream and mix together. Spread it on the cake roll. Use forks to create a tree trunk look. Keep in fridge and eat in 3-4 days.

Yule Log

Enjoy baking your yule log and Merry Christmas!

If you liked this Christmassy recipe, you may want to try the Sacher Christmas Trees
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