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Chocolate yule log

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Everyone loves a slice of chocolate yule log at Christmas time and one made with love tastes even better. Why not add a couple of tea spoons of cinnamon or a few drops of peppermint to your buttercream for a festive twist.


Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:8
  • Skill level:medium

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For the sponge

For the filling

  • 150g 5⅜ oz Dark chocolate melted
  • 300g 10⅝ oz Icing sugar (we use Silver Spoon) Icing sugar
  • 150g 5⅜ oz Butter (unsalted) softened
  • 1tbsp 1tbsp Milk
  • Icing sugar to dust (we use Silver Spoon)

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180˚C (fan 160°C, gas mark 6). Grease and line a swiss roll tin with baking paper.

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Whisk the caster sugar and eggs in a large bowl until pale and light.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Unrefined golden caster sugar
    • 3 3 Egg(s) (free range)
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Sift together the flour and cocoa powder and gently fold into the egg mixture using a metal spoon. Pour into the prepared tin, tilting it so that it covers the whole surface.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Plain white flour
    • 25g 1 oz Cocoa powder
  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Bake for 8-10 minutes until firm yet springy to the touch. Dust a large sheet of paper with caster sugar and then turn the sponge onto it. Trim off the edges. Make a dent 1cm from the edge and tightly roll up the sponge and leave to cool.

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    For the icing:

    Mix together the icing sugar and butter, then add the melted chocolate and milk. Beat until smooth.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Icing sugar to dust (we use Silver Spoon)
    • Butter
    • Chocolate
    • 1tbsp 1tbsp Milk
  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Unroll the sponge, spread over a generous layer of buttercream and roll up tightly again.

  7. Classic mode Step 7

    Cover with the remaining buttercream, using a fork to create a log effect. For a finishing touch, dust with icing sugar.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Icing sugar to dust (we use Silver Spoon)