Chocolate log decorated with holly

Yummy chocolate log

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(38 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 10 mins

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Serves 8

A Christmas treat the kids will enjoy helping to make, with an unusual minty filling

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal552
  • fat32g
  • saturates18g
  • carbs64g
  • sugars54g
  • fibre0g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.32g
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    For the cake

    • 3 eggs



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

    • 85g golden caster sugar
    • 85g plain flour (less 2 tbsp)
    • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
    • ½ tsp baking powder
      Baking powder

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    For the filling & icing

    • 50g butter



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

    • 140g dark chocolate, broken into squares
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      Dark chocolate

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    • 1 tbsp golden syrup
      Golden syrup

      Golden syrup

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      Golden syrup is a translucent, golden-amber coloured, sweet syrup

    • 284ml pot double cream
    • 200g icing sugar, sifted
    • 2-3 extra strong mint, crushed (optional)



      There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

    • icing sugar and holly sprigs to decorate - ensure you remove the berries before serving


    1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.

    2. Grease and line a 23 x 32cm Swiss roll tin with baking parchment. 

    3. Beat 3 eggs and 85g golden caster sugar together with an electric whisk for about 8 mins until thick and creamy.

    4. Mix 85g plain flour (less 2 tbsp), 2 tbsp cocoa powder and ½ tsp baking powder together, then sift onto the egg mixture. Fold in very carefully, then pour into the tin.

    5. Now tip the tin from side to side to spread the mixture into the corners. Bake for 10 mins.

    6. Lay a sheet of baking parchment on the work surface. When the cake is ready, tip it onto the parchment, peel off the lining paper, then roll the cake up from its longest edge with the paper inside. Leave to cool.

    7. To make the icing, melt 50g butter and 140g dark chocolate together in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Take from the heat and stir in 1 tbsp golden syrup and 5 tbsp double cream from a 284ml pot. Beat in 200g sifted icing sugar until smooth.

    8. Whisk the remaining double cream from the 284ml pot until it holds its shape.

    9. Unravel the cake, spread the cream over the top, scatter over 2-3 crushed extra strong mints, if using, then carefully roll up again into a log.

    10. Cut a thick diagonal slice from one end of the log. Lift the log on to a plate, then arrange the slice on the side with the diagonal cut against the cake to make a branch.

    11. Spread the icing over the log and branch (don’t cover the ends), then use a fork to mark the icing to give the effect of tree bark. Scatter with unsifted icing sugar to resemble snow, and decorate with holly.

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    17th Dec, 2012
    So easy to make I was really impressed! Not as fiddly as I thought. I think I made the cake part a bit thin and it went crispy at the edges making it tricky to roll at first, but I trimmed these bits off and it made a huge difference (and I got a tasty treat as I cooked :) ) Theres LOADS of icing!! I piled it on thick but still had lots left so going to make something else with it too. It looks fantastic, everything tasted great as I was making it, now I don't want to cut it :)
    8th Dec, 2012
    Just about to make this and wondering why I have to leave out 2 tbsp of flour and what I do with them??????
    27th Dec, 2013
    bcz the recipe called for 2tbsp of cocoa powder, so we'll need to leave out 2tbsp of flour for it
    29th Oct, 2012
    I have just made the chocolate log. Unfortunately the cream would not whip & hold shape, just separated, similarly the icing. Any idea what I did wrong? Was it anything to do with the cream? all ingredients bought fresh this morning.
    3rd Feb, 2012
    This is great. It looks great and tastes great. My family will not usually eat anything but Deila's chocolate log, but this vanished in minutes. will defo make again.
    27th Jan, 2012
    Amazing, I found it pretty easy to make and have made it lots of times now. Sometimes for extra chocolatetyness I use the chocolate gnash in the middle of the roll as well. It looks great at the end and is gone in minutes at a Christmas party.
    23rd Jan, 2012
    Was delicious! Looked exactly like the picture. I didn't add the mints as wasn't sure kids would like them. Will def do again!!!'s picture
    2nd Jan, 2012
    Tried this recipe for the first time & everyone has said how lovely it was. I didn't add the mint but followed the recipe otherwise - I found I had way too much icing so didn't use it all up but true chocoholics will do!
    30th Dec, 2011
    Best Yule log that I have ever made. Only adjustment was to leave out the mint. Delicious.
    29th Dec, 2011
    Absolutely loved this recipe, I made this on Christmas Day and it went down a treat, with all the family members from the kids right up to the adults, I personally didn’t put the mint in due to preference but other than that it was amaze. I would definitely recommend this recipe as after looking for lots of recipes this one has to be the best!


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