I love that Christmas is the only time of year that you can decorate a cake to look like a piece of wood and call it festive. Yule logs are now commonly seen during the Christmas season, but they were not always the sweet treat that they are today.
The winter solstice was celebrated with bonfires. Those fires reminded people that even during the darkest hours of winter, the sun and warmth would return again. The Yule log would burn all night from December 24th into the 25th. As time went on, fewer people kept a fire burning all night and cake came to represent the Yule log.
In honor of the holiday season, we present to you our Yule Log. Lightly spiced, this cake is a delicious and beautiful addition to your holiday table.
The secret to a beautifully rolled cake is while the cake is still warm, to roll the cake in a powdered sugar covered towel and then leave it to cool completely while rolled. Once cooled, the cake can be gently unrolled, filled and rolled back up again without any problems. This cake can be made ahead of time and refrigerated, still in the towel for a day or two, until needed.
Filling and frosting is quick and easy, using a double batch of our chocolate buttercream recipe. Frost the cake and then use an inverted spatula or fork to create the wood texture.
Embrace the season by decorating your cake with small plastic holiday decorations, cranberries or berries. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to finish off your beautiful Yule Log.
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