Chocolate Yule Log Recipe (Bûche De Noël) for a Cozy Christmas

When it comes to Christmas desserts, the Yule Log, or Bûche de Noël, immediately comes to my mind. It has become a beloved and iconic part of this celebration. I actually whipped one up recently. Well, the holiday dessert not only tastes good but also serves as a beautiful centerpiece for my festive table.

Best chocolate Yule Log cake recipe
Easy Chocolate Yule Log recipe

The Yule Log is often a sponge cake or rolled sponge with a filling, often made of buttercream or ganache. What I love when making this Christmas cake roll is creating its bark-like texture on the outer layer. The decorating process is quite fun too. You can add meringue mushrooms, powdered sugar, or other decorations.

While there are many varieties, Chocolate Yule Log cake is a classic cake and one of my favorite choices. Here is how to make a Yule Log with chocolate flavor:

Traditional Chocolate Yule Log (Bûche De Noël)

A perfect chocolate sponge cake for Christmas
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 10
Calories 300 kcal


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
  • 2 cups whipped cream for filling
  • Chocolate ganache for frosting


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Gently fold these dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared jelly roll pan and spread it evenly. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • While the cake is baking, lay a clean kitchen towel on the counter and dust it with confectioners’ sugar.
  • Once the cake is done, immediately invert it onto the sugared towel. Carefully peel off the parchment paper. Starting from one of the shorter ends, gently roll the cake and the towel together. Allow it to cool completely.
  • Carefully unroll the cake and spread the whipped cream evenly over the surface. Re-roll the cake without the towel.
  • Place the Yule Log on a serving platter, seam side down. Prepare a simple chocolate ganache by melting chocolate and mixing it with warm cream. Pour it over the rolled cake, letting it drip down the sides.
  • Decorate with festive touches like powdered sugar “snow” or decorative Christmas ornaments.
Keyword baking, Christmas, dairy free, desserts, gluten free, holiday

The name of this French Christmas cake originates from the ancient tradition of burning a large log during the winter solstice as a symbol of celebrating the return of the sun.

There are numerous Bûche de Noël recipes that cater to different tastes. These can include:

  • Coffee, gingerbread, and matcha-flavored
  • Fruity: sponge infused with fruit flavors like raspberry, orange, or even pumpkin complemented by fruity fillings.
  • Nutty: with chopped nuts like hazelnuts or almonds, both in the sponge and the filling
  • White chocolate: white chocolate sponge filled with vanilla or white chocolate ganache
Johanna Cleveland
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Hi, I'm Kate, the creator of Happy Baking Days. I'm a food lover, recipe creator, and kitchen explorer. I have amateur baking knowledge gained from years spent in the kitchen with my grandma and mum, where I graduated slowly from dusting work surfaces with flour and licking the spatula to the finer arts of pastry and meringue. Now in my own kitchen, I put all those years of training into practice, experimenting with recipes and ingredients from around the world. Join me as I share my culinary journey and favorite recipes that make cooking a delightful experience.

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