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


  • 1. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom of a greased 15x10x1-in. pan with parchment paper; grease paper. Sift flour, cocoa and salt together twice. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until slightly thickened. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating on high speed until thick and lemon-colored. Fold in flour mixture.
  • 3. Add cream of tartar to egg whites; with clean beaters, beat on medium until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until soft glossy peaks form. Fold a fourth of the whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites. Transfer to prepared pan, spreading evenly.
  • 4. Bake until top springs back when lightly touched, 12-15 minutes (do not overbake). Cool 5 minutes. Invert onto a tea towel dusted lightly with cocoa. Gently peel off paper. Roll up cake in the towel jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • 5. For filling, in a bowl, dissolve coffee granules in cream; beat until it begins to thicken. Add sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Unroll cake; spread filling over cake to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again, without towel; trim ends. Transfer to a platter, seam side down. Refrigerate, covered, until cold.
  • 6. For frosting, beat all ingredients until smooth. Spread over cake. Using a fork, make lines in frosting to resemble tree bark. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 341 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 130mg cholesterol, 136mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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Irascible_Baker User ID: 8765838 261490
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2017

"I simply cannot say enough about how stunning, achievable and wonderfully delicious this recipe was. Chocolatey, light and tender cake swaddled in layers of mocha frosting with that perfect balance of fudgey-ness, smoothness and firmness -- it won over us all, even those who aren't that enthused over coffee. This recipe captivated us with its presentation - which was so easy assemble - and the overwhelming perfection of flavor and texture."

Summy User ID: 1386846 240398
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!"

StefaniBuhajla User ID: 6473901 235619
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!"

nghartmann User ID: 8188728 216271
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!"

Engeland User ID: 6576461 215864
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"

bwilkin User ID: 3339114 66139
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

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

JesSimon User ID: 7515799 45439
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!"

marymcmuff User ID: 2350879 113211
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

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

rileylang User ID: 5107416 120943
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

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

vinnie452 User ID: 6418070 89371
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2011

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

SueVes User ID: 30047 132707
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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