Christmas is the only time of year that you can decorate a cake to look like a piece of wood and call it festive. These cakes are now commonly seen during the Christmas season, but Yule Logs were not always the sweet treat that they are today.
Winter solstice was celebrated with bonfires that reminded people that even during the darkest hours of winter, the sun and warmth would return again. That tradition was carried on in private homes with the burning of the Yule log. The log was intended to burn all night from December 24th on 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 addition to your holiday table.
The secret to a beautifully rolled cake is to roll the cake in a powdered sugar covered towel while it is still warm and left to cool completely while rolled. Once it is cooled, the cake can be gently unrolled, filled and rolled back up again without any problems. The cake can be made ahead of time and refrigerated, still in the towel for a day or two, until needed.
And frosting is quick and easy, using our chocolate buttercream recipe. Frost the cake and then to create log texture, use an inverted spatula or fork. If filling and frosting with chocolate buttercream, double the frosting recipe.
Embrace the season by decorating with small plastic holiday decorations, cranberries or berries. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to finish off your beautiful Yule Log.