Chocolate Yule Log Tips
How can you make the frosting and decorations look realistic on a chocolate Yule log?
Make it look like your Yule log has bark by dragging a fork lengthwise through the frosting. There’s no need for straight lines, because wavy lines make it look more realistic. You can decorate your chocolate Yule log with cinnamon sticks, fresh rosemary sprigs, cinnamon candies or even meringue mushrooms to give this holiday dessert a woodland look. Take it over-the-top by dusting the entire log with a light coating of confectioner’s sugar!
How long will a chocolate Yule log last?
Yule logs can be prepared 1 day before serving when stored at room temperature, and up to 2 days ahead if stored in the refrigerator. Invert a storage container over the top to keep the air out without damaging the frosting and decorations.
What are some variations of this chocolate Yule log recipe?
Chocolate frosting is traditional for Yule logs, but white buttercream can be substituted for chocolate if you like. Top it with confectioner’s sugar or chocolate shavings for a birch log look. For a tasty addition to this classic chocolate Yule log recipe, add a very thin layer of seedless apricot or raspberry jam before spreading the filling onto the cake. Before rolling the cake up again, you can sprinkle dried fruits on top of the filling to add some texture and bursts of fruity flavor. Or, make this recipe your own by making it into a mocha buttercream Yule log
with flavored frosting. Find more inspiration and tips on how to make a Yule log
! No matter how you make your Yule log, serve it with a coffee and cream martini
for the perfect holiday treat. —Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager
1 each: 245 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 89mg cholesterol, 143mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.