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Mocha Yule Log Recipe

Mocha Yule Log Recipe

This eye-catching dessert is guaranteed to delight holiday dinner guests. Chocolate lovers will lick their lips over the yummy cocoa cake, mocha filling and frosting. For a festive touch, I garnish the log with marzipan holly leaves and berries. -Jenny Hughson, Mitchell, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 65 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon brewed coffee
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk


  • 1. Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with parchment paper; grease the paper. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks on high until light and fluffy. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating until thick and lemon-colored. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to egg yolk mixture until blended.
  • 3. Beat egg whites on medium until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Stir a fourth into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining egg whites until no streaks remain.
  • 4. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until cake springs back (do not overbake). Cool for 5 minutes; invert onto a linen towel dusted with confectioners' sugar. Peel off parchment paper. Roll up in the towel, starting with a short side. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 5. In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar and coffee granules. Beat until stiff peaks form; chill. Unroll cooled cake; spread filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again. Place on serving platter; chill.
  • 6. In a large bowl, beat frosting ingredients until smooth. Frost cake. Using a fork, make lines resembling tree bark. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 341 calories, 15 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 130 mg cholesterol, 136 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Reviews for Mocha Yule Log

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Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"I did it! I'm so proud of myself! I made this for Christmas, and I live at 4,500 feet and it still worked. It was spongy creamy yummness. StefaniBuhajla, your daughter was my inspiration. And, I will definitely be making this again next year!"

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"My 17 year old daughter wanted to try her hand at a Yule log for our family celebration. It was a challenge for someone new to baking but, she followed the recipe exactly and it was fantastic! I can't tell you how much everyone raved about it. I wish we could post pictures here because it wasn't just scrumptious, it was gorgeous! I have the picture of my daughter's creation using this recipe over at pinterest!"

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"I have never rated a recipe before, but I made an account just to do that. It is so good! It came out picture perfect and it was delicious. There is literally nothing I would change. I made meringue cookie mushrooms to go on top to make it look cute!"

Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"EXCELLENT!!!!!! My Belgian husband and I loved this and I just added this to my recipe box. Definitely my "go to" cake recipe for Xmas. Thank you"

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"One word - YUMMY. Made for dessert for our family Christmas dinner and everyone loved it. Definitely a keeper."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"I made this Yule log twice, the first time was to make sure it turned out/tasted good. It did and was. So the second time I made this was for thanksgiving dessert. I doubled the frosting the first time because I didn't want to run out-that was not needed, because I had plenty of frosting. The second time I made it-I doubled the mocha filling-which is the best part! The log was a bit flatter-due to the extra filling, but once iced it held together well! This dessert is pretty and tastes delish, everyone who tried it really enjoyed it too!"

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

"This was a great recipe, got rave reviews from everyone."

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"this will be on my table every Christmas. Everyone enjoyed it."

Reviewed Dec. 25, 2011

"followed this recipe and it is the best one yet very easy and everyone loves it"

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"This recipe is a bit of work but everyone loves it and asks for it on holidays"

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