Yule Log

Yule Log

A magical and buttery cocoa sponge cake with walnuts, gently hugged by mocha icing and lightly dusted with icing sugar.

  • Recipe serves:7 to 8
  • Preparation Time Minutes
  • Cooking Time45 Minutes Minutes


  • Sponge
  • 5 eggs at room temperature, separated
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 3 tablespoons best quality cocoa powder
  • Filling
  • 2½ tablespoons plain flour
  • 110ml milk
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 125g butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 60g chopped walnuts
  • Icing
  • 225g butter, softened
  • Icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon strong coffee
  • Chopped nuts


  • Pre-heat the oven to 1800C/gas 4. Grease a swiss roll tin and line with parchment. Then grease and flour parchment.
  • To make the sponge: In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks at high speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar, beating until mixture is thick and light in colour. Add flour and cocoa, beating on low speed.
  • In another bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold into above cake mixture. Fold in gently until no streaks of white remain.
  • Spread cake mixture evenly in prepared tin. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly. Cover with parchment and cool slightly on wire rack.
  • Dust a clean towel with icing sugar. Run a knife around the edge of the tin, and turn the warm cake out onto the towel. Remove and discard the baking parchment. Then, starting at the short edge of the cake, roll the cake up with the towel. Cool for 30 minutes.
  • For the filling, combine flour and milk in a saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring until thick. Let it cool.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream sugar, butter and vanilla. Add cooled flour and milk mixture and beat until fluffy. Fold in walnuts if desired. Spread on cake. Roll up as you would a swiss roll, starting from one short end.
  • For the icing, beat butter until fluffy in a small bowl. Beat in sugar, cocoa and coffee. Spread over cake, using a fork to create a bark-like effect. Dust with icing sugar and sprinkle with nuts if desired.
  • A Christmas recipe / seasonal recipe that adds a touch of magic to your collection of holiday party foods.