Holiday Baking: How to Make a Yule Log Cake (Bûche de Noël)

Oct 17, 2023 | Baking & Bread

**Festive Delight: Making Yule Log Cake (Bûche de Noël)**

Festive Delight: Making Yule Log Cake

Yule Log Cake

During the holiday season, there is no better way to celebrate than with a beautifully decorated Yule Log Cake, also known as Bûche de Noël. This traditional French dessert is not only a feast for the eyes but also a treat for the taste buds.

The history of the Yule Log Cake dates back to the ancient tradition of burning a large log during the winter solstice. It symbolized the hope for the return of longer, sunnier days. As time passed, this tradition evolved into a delicious culinary creation that has become an integral part of holiday celebrations around the world.

For me, the making of a Yule Log Cake is a family affair that brings everyone together in the kitchen. The process of carefully rolling and decorating the cake creates a sense of excitement and anticipation. Each year, we experiment with different flavors and decorations, making this dessert both a creative outlet and a cherished tradition.


  • For the Cake:
    • 4 eggs, separated
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the Filling:
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Frosting:
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons milk
  • For Decoration:
    • Chocolate shavings
    • Meringue mushrooms
    • Sprigs of holly or fresh berries


1. Preparing the Cake:

Preparing the Cake

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and granulated sugar until pale and creamy. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the egg yolk mixture and fold gently until well combined.

In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture, being careful not to deflate the batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cake springs back when touched lightly. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.

2. Rolling the Cake:

Lay a clean kitchen towel on the counter and sprinkle it lightly with powdered sugar. Carefully transfer the warm cake onto the towel, peeling off the parchment paper. Starting from one of the shorter ends, gently roll the cake and the towel together into a tight log. Let it cool completely in this rolled position.

3. Preparing the Filling:

Filling and Frosting

In a chilled mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until soft peaks form. Carefully unroll the cooled cake and spread the whipped cream evenly over the surface. Gently roll the cake back up, without the towel this time.

4. Frosting the Cake:

In another bowl, cream the softened butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and milk. Beat until smooth and well combined.

Using a spatula or a butter knife, frost the outside of the rolled cake with the chocolate frosting, creating a bark-like texture. Leave the ends exposed to resemble the cut ends of a log.

5. Decoration:

Sprinkle chocolate shavings generously along the top and sides of the cake, mimicking the appearance of tree bark. Place the meringue mushrooms and sprigs of holly or fresh berries on top to create an enchanting woodland scene.

Chill the Yule Log Cake in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld and the frosting to set. Slice and serve this festive treat to wow your family and friends!

Tips and Variations:

If you want to add an extra touch of flavor, consider brushing your cake with a simple syrup infused with rum, coffee, or your favorite liqueur.

For a lighter variation, substitute whipped mascarpone cheese for the whipped cream filling.

Experiment with different decorations such as marzipan mushrooms, edible flowers, or even miniature figurines to create your own unique Yule Log Cake masterpiece.

Nutritional Information:

Nutrient Amount per serving
Calories 380
Total Fat 25g
Saturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 121mg
Sodium 90mg
Total Carbohydrate 38g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 4g
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