Next level yule log served on a platter

Next level yule log

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Prep: 1 hr Cook: 20 mins plus chilling

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Serves 8-10

Transform the yule log into a magical Christmas dessert using festive spices, a brandy butter filling and chocolate truffle icing for extra indulgence

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: Per serving (10)

  • kcal452
  • fat25g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs47g
  • sugars45g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.4g
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    For the sponge

    • 5 eggs, separated



      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

    • 125g light brown soft sugar
    • 40g cocoa powder (make sure it’s pure cocoa)
    • ½ tsp mixed spice
    • ½ tsp ground ginger



      Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

    • white caster sugar, for sprinkling

    For the brandy butter filling

    • 100g soft butter



      Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

    • 250g icing sugar, sifted
    • 4 tbsp brandy



      Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…

    • 1 tsp vanilla extract

    For the frosting

    • 100g dark chocolate, chopped

      Chocolate ganache


      Chocolate ganache is a combination of chocolate and double cream. It's simple to…

    • 100ml double cream
    • 25g butter



      Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

    For the decoration

    • 75g white chocolate, chopped

      Chocolate ganache


      Chocolate ganache is a combination of chocolate and double cream. It's simple to…

    • 10 fresh bay leaves, or organic rose leaves
    • icing sugar, for dusting
    • edible gold lustre, food spray or powder


    1. Line a 35 x 25cm Swiss roll tin with baking parchment and heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Beat the egg whites with an electric whisk until just holding peaks, then add half the sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, until the peaks hold. Set aside. Beat the yolks with the remaining sugar until pale and fluffy in a clean bowl. Sift in the cocoa, spices and a pinch of salt and gently fold them through. Beat in a third of the egg whites, then gently fold through the rest until you have an airy mousse. Pour into the tin and spread evenly. Bake for 12-15 mins until springy.

    2. Sprinkle caster sugar over a large sheet of baking parchment. Turn the cake out onto the sugared parchment, then peel off the sheet you used to line the tin. Cover with a clean tea towel, then leave to cool completely. Trim the edges, then score along the inside edge of one of the short sides and roll it up from there, using the parchment to help. 

    3. To make the filling, beat the butter, icing sugar, brandy and vanilla together with an electric whisk for 10 mins until light and fluffy. Unroll the sponge, then turn it so that one long edge is facing you. Spread the buttercream over the sponge using a palette knife, keeping the end furthest from you clean. Using the parchment, roll the sponge up again into a roulade.

    4. For the frosting, tip the chocolate into a large bowl. Put the cream and butter in a saucepan and heat gently until the butter melts and the cream reaches simmering point, then pour over the chocolate. Stir to create a smooth mixture, then leave to cool, stirring occasionally, until you can spread it over the sponge. Make bark lines using a fork, then chill in the fridge for at least 30 mins.

    5. To decorate with chocolate leaves, melt the white chocolate in a bowl over simmering water and paint the underside of the bay leaves with it. Put in the fridge to set for 30 mins, then gently peel away the bay leaves. Arrange over the log, then lightly dust with the icing sugar and lustre.

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    Amanda Burton's picture
    Amanda Burton
    23rd Nov, 2019
    How far in advance can this be made, please? Is any element freezable? Looking to serve this Christmas Day at teatime so any advance prep would be welcome! Thank you.
    lulu_grimes's picture
    25th Nov, 2019
    Hi Amanda, This is a very forgiving recipe so you can make it a few days ahead. The sponge and buttercream will keep somewhere cool for 4-5 days so make it up to that point and ice it later if you want a long lead time. This part could also be frozen. The icing itself will keep for 2-3 days so you can finish the cake and it will be fine somewhere cold (there's cream in it so cold rather than cool) for that amount of time. Add the chocolate leaves just before you serve it to keep the whole thing looking fresh.
    Amanda Burton's picture
    Amanda Burton
    13th Dec, 2019
    Thank you...very helpful.
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