Yule Log

2 Hr
10 Min

After those pre-dinner nibbles and the big dinner, there's still a tiny bit of room left for dessert. Better use it for our easy and tempting Yule Log. Go ahead, chop off a piece and enjoy!

What You'll Need

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • Grated peel of 1 orange
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 10- x 15-inch rimmed rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt; mix well and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs until frothy. Gradually beat in granulated sugar, water, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and orange peel until well blended. Gradually beat in  flour mixture just until smooth.
  3. Pour into rimmed baking sheet and bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. Sprinkle a clean kitchen towel with confectioners' sugar and invert cake onto towel; carefully peel off aluminum foil. While hot, roll cake and towel up jelly-roll style from narrow end and cool on a wire rack. When cooled, unroll cake, removing towel.
  5. In a medium bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, cocoa, butter, milk, and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla until creamy. Reserve 1/2 cup of frosting and spread remainder over cake. Roll cake up again. Spread reserved 1/2 cup frosting over outside of cake. Lightly score entire length of log with tines of a fork to look like bark.
  6. Chill at least 2 hours before slicing and serving.



Garnish this by making marshmallow mushrooms. Here's how to make each one: Simply flatten a mini marshmallow and attach an unflattened one to it with a bit of icing, as in the photo. Try sprinkling a little cocoa on top and arrange on top of log. 

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 10

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 279
  • Calories from Fat 60
  • Total Fat 6.6g 10 %
  • Saturated Fat 3.7g 19 %
  • Trans Fat 0.2g 0 %
  • Protein 3.7g 7 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 68mg 23 %
  • Sodium 173mg 7 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 53g 18 %
  • Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5 %
  • Sugars 44g 0 %

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Just made this recipe this morning. VERY good and VERY easy! I love making pumpkin rolls in the fall, but my husband prefers chocolate, so this is PERFECT! Don't be afraid of making roll cakes. Here are a few of my tips let eggs warm to room temperature, let butter soften to room temperature, sift the powdered/confectioners sugar.

I remember my mom making a yule log. I really would like to try this recipe. I hope I can be a successful as my mom.

I was always afraid to make roll cakes - thought it was too hard...but it's not! This looks fabulous!

This looks so yummy I cant wait to try it!

Yum! I love a great log cake for the holidays! I pinned this recipe among other from your site onto my recipe boards so I can make for later )

It looks very good!

I remember when my mom used to make one like this - so good!

How cute! I would love to make this, but I don't know if I would have the patience.

how long will this last? Looks pretty good.

Hi there! This recipe will last one week or it can be frozen until it ready to use. Enjoy!

This looks really good...hope the kids leave me with enough drama free time to make this...Hit 'em with the Hein!

I am surprised that this recipe doesn't call for cream cheese. -/ It is gorgeous though but I do think I would use some cream cheese somehow. Not being a troll here! Just perplexed. hahaha! Hope that is OK!

I would love to try this recipe!

It looks very pretty!

Always wanted to make a Yule Log. This recipe looks easy. Will have to try soon

Just made this and unfortunately the aluminum foil stuck to the cake even with me spraying it with Pam So I made another cake and used waxed paper, greased and floured Worked much better.

Please include the filling info. Is it whipped cream or something else?

Hi there! The filling is made in step #5. :) Enjoy!

made this today. very good and easy.

I have questions about the Orange. Whate size Orange and is the peel greater?

Hello - You will need a medium-sized orange. You can use a grater or zester to remove the orange skin, which is packed with flavor! Enjoy!

The white your seeing is the cake, the filling and frosting are brown.

My question is the same as Betty Albrecht who wrote on Dec. 22, 2013 "Please advise how in the picture of the YULE LOG recipe shows a white frosting as the filling and yet the small remainder of that same frosting , in the picture, appears to be chocolate when applied to the top of the rolled cake log." I do not see a posted answer from the Mr. Food staff. Thank you. Linda Grady

What I read is that you are to beat it until it is frothy not till it has peaks. so they you can use the whole egg.

Please advise how in the picture of the YULE LOG recipe shows a white frosting as the filling and yet the small remainder of that same frosting , in the picture, appears to be chocolate when applied to the top of the rolled cake log. Betty Albrecht, Delavan WI

What your seeing as white is the cake, the filing and icing are chocolate.

I take it that this recipe only uses the egg whites, since you cannot beat a whole egg to soft peaks?????


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