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Yule Log With Chocolate Ganache: An Easy Christmas Classic

Chocolate Yule log on a a piece of wood. Pine cones around and a nutcracker in the back.
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My delicious chocolate yule log is easy to prepare and will be a hit at the Christmas table. It is always such a success! I have broken down the steps for you from the roulé cake (rolled) to my creamy chocolate ganache.

Some recipes can seem overwhelming but once you see the steps broken down and explained to you, it seems more approachable. That is why I share the recipe of the crème brûlée and made a video. The goal was to demystify that French dessert. Sometimes, the presentation is what impresses but broken down into steps, it feels more doable, this was the case with my Classic Apple Tart.

This chocolate yule log is an oldie but a goodie. You will NOT go wrong if you are serving this for dessert. A rich and creamy ganache prepared with quality chocolate (the KEY!). The roulé is actually pretty quick to prepare and it only goes in the oven for 10 minutes or so.

Preparing The Yule Log

The rolled cake is just a few steps, nothing difficult. Bake it in the oven and when it is still hot, you roll it in a clean dish cloth. Let it cool.

In the meantime, prepare your chocolate ganache. Cut the chocolate in small pieces, add the hot heavy cream on it and stir until melted. Let it cool a little and add the cold heavy cream. Set aside until fully cool down.

Assembling is an easy part, spread the ganache and have fun. For the outside, use a fork to make some marks to pretend it is wood. Decorate using your imagination.

Don’t forget to tag me if you bake it! I love seeing your creations! It can be on any social media! Get baking and have fun!

I highly recommend making my recipes using a scale but for your convenience I have also converted the recipe using this website.

Yule Log With Chocolate Ganache: An Easy Christmas Classic

Delicious chocolate yule log is easy to prepare & will be a hit at the Christmas table. Step-by-step recipe of the roulé cake and the chocolate ganache.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: buche, chocolate, christmas, dessert, french, yule log
Servings: 8 people
Author: Mélanie

Equipment

  • Stand mixer

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 4 eggs medium
  • 1/4 cup sugar 100g
  • 2 tbsp butter soft
  • 1 tsp almond extract (or vanilla)
  • Less than 1 cup flour (more than 2/3) 100g
  • 1 tsp baking powder

For the ganache

  • 150 ml heavy cream 2/3 of a cup
  • 200 g dark chocolate
  • 150 ml heavy cream (cold) 2/3 of a cup

Instructions

For the cake

  • Preheat the oven at 400F
    Yule loge: all the ingredients to prepare the roule cake for the yule log.
  • In the bowl of the stand mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar until the colour is lighter.
    yule log: eggs and sugar and red stand mixer on the side.
  • Add the soft butter. Mix.
    Yule loge: Red stand mixer in action. Butter on the side.
  • Add the almond extract. Mix.
    Yule loge: Almond extract being poured in the batter, red stand mixer on the side.
  • Add the baking powder. Mix
    Yule loge: Red stand mixer and sugar being poured in the batter
  • Add the flour in 3 or 4 times to allow the preparation to stay without any lump.
    Yule loge: Red stand mixer in action and a bowl of flour on the side
  • Prepare a parchemin on a baking sheet. (size 15 x12)
    Yule loge: Batter in a big bowl and the sheet pan with parchemin paper
  • Pour the preparation.
    batter in the sheet pan. uncooked
  • Bake 10 minutes at 400F.
    Cake in a sheet pan with a red dish towel on the side
  • Take a clean dish towel and flip the cake on it.
    removing the parchemin paper from the cake.
  • While it is still warm, roll the cake with the dish towel.
    rolling the roule cake in a red dish towel in a shape of the yule log
  • Set aside and allow to cool.
    Red dish towel rolled with a hand holding it. Shape of the yule log

For the ganache

  • Cut the chocolat in small pieces. Warm up the cream and pour it.
    Yule loge: Chocolate in small pieces in a white bowl, heavy cream being poured
  • Stir and allow to cool 5 minutes.
    Yule loge: Melted chocolate with heavy cream in a white bowl.
  • Add the rest of the cream (cold) and set aside in the fridge.
    Yule loge: Heavy cream being poured in the melted chocolate to prepare the ganache for the yule log.
  • Once out of the fridge and cooled down, using an electric whisk, whip the ganache.

Assembling

  • Delicately, unroll the cake and remove the dish towel. Spread the ganache.
    Ganache spread on the roule cake to form the yule log.
  • Spread heavenly the ganache and roll your cake. Cut the extremities.
    yule loge rolled and the ends are cut
  • Use the extremities to make a 'branch', spread the remaining of the ganache.
    Chocolate Yule log on a a piece of wood. Pine cones around and a nutcracker in the back.
  • Decorate with sprinkle, chocolate pieces or mini Christmas items.
    Chocolate Yule log on a a piece of wood. Pine cones around and a nutcracker in the back.

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Jessica
    November 26, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try to make a yule log! Thank you for such a wonderfully detailed post. Saving the recipe to make in the future!

    • Reply
      Mélanie
      November 27, 2019 at 1:52 pm

      Let me know if you do Jessica and send me a picture, I’d love to see 🙂

  • Reply
    Colleen
    November 27, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    A Yule log is certainly a classic, and your detailed step by step instructions are so helpful. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply
    Trish
    November 27, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Beautiful cake! I didn’t know how to roll it like that… so helpful. Thank you 🙂

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    Isabelle @ Crumb
    December 1, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Beautiful! I’ve been meaning to make a proper buche de Noel for a few years now, but the whole process of rolling the cake is just so daunting. I think your step-by-step photos might just give me the courage I need to finally try it out!

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      Mélanie
      December 5, 2019 at 8:04 am

      Send me a picture if you make it 🙂

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    December 2, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    I’ve always wanted to make one of these, they look so festive! Thanks for the guide and recipe!

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      December 5, 2019 at 8:05 am

      Thanks for stopping by Matt, let me know if you give it a try!

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