Buttercream Yule Log

    1 hour 12 minutes

    A beautifully festive chocolate cake covered with rich buttercream icing. You can use a fork to mark the buttercream to make it look like bark.

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    Serves: 8 

    • For the sponge
    • 125g caster sugar
    • 4 eggs, separated
    • 100g plain flour
    • 60g butter, softened
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • pinch salt
    • For the buttercream
    • 200g icing sugar
    • 100g plain chocolate
    • 150g butter, softened

    Preparation:1hour  ›  Cook:12min  ›  Ready in:1hour12min 

    1. To make the sponge: beat the egg yolks with the sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add softened butter, flour, baking powder and one tablespoon lukewarm water and mix well.
    2. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff. Gently fold into the yolk mixture. Spread out evenly on a Swiss roll tin which has been lined with greased baking parchment. Bake at 180 degrees C for about 12 minutes.
    3. Remove from the oven, let cool for three minutes, then roll up with the parchment. Let cool while you make the buttercream.
    4. To make the buttercream: melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Beat the butter until creamy, then gradually beat in the icing sugar. Beat in the melted chocolate.
    5. To assemble the cake: unroll the sponge, spread evenly with buttercream and roll firmly back up, without the parchment this time! The buttercream will hold it together.
    6. Cut a small diagonal slice off one end to make a branch for the log. Cover the log with buttercream, and use more buttercream to attach the 'branch' to the side. Use a fork in the buttercream to make a bark effect. Dust with cocoa powder and serve!

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    Looks amazing!  -  29 Nov 2012


    Absolutely marvellous. Sticky to make, but what a hit with the grandies  -  16 Jan 2015


    Wow this recipe was a massive hit. It went round the whole family everyone loved it. I will be making this again next christmas and we'll see about the one after!!!  -  05 Jan 2013  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)