Christmas Yule Log Cake

Yule Log

So here it is! The famous Christmas  Yule Log!
The tradition of burning the actual Yule Log dates back to the 1600’s.
This fabulous Christmastime cake also known as Buche De Noel is one you will not want to miss out on for your holiday dessert buffet spread. It is the centerpiece that will spark much conversation and gain you much praise! By the looks of it, it is intimidating, but watch the video below as I show you how you too can pull off this elegant cake.

Very often the key to success in baking is preparation.
Gather your mise en place well ahead of time; get your recipes made in advance; prepare in stages to take the stress and workload off of one single day.
To try to do everything from start to finish all in one day is enough to make any baker, advanced or novice, want to throw in the towel!

I prepared my Chocolate Roulade Cake a week ago, and while that was baking I made my Meringue Mushrooms and Simple Syrup.
Yesterday I made my Chocolate Buttercream Or Mocha Buttercream is you prefer! And I was ready to go!
That way all I had to do tonight was make my Simple Ganache, fill the roulade with the buttercream and assemble the cake! It doesn’t get easier than that guys!

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Christmas Yule Log Cake
Yield: 12 people
  1. Assemble the Cake as shown in the video below!



  • mona

    Hi Gretchen
    Thanks for the lovely recipe. I tried making the yule log for the very first time and everyone in my family loves it.

    I have one question. I poured the ganache over the chilled buttercream n tried to use a fork to make bark patterns. But my fork “scratched” out the ganache n I could see the butter cream underneath.

    Please advise how do I prevent this.
    Is my layer of ganache too thin? What’s your advise.

    • Gretchen Price

      The “forking” technique takes a bit of practice, and I bet the next time you try it will be perfect!
      You may have had too thin a layer of ganache, Im not sure since I did not see it,but also you may have had too much pressure on the fork OR you may have let the ganche set too much before taking the fork to it. There is a perfect time to do this, not too set, but not too liquid

  • Marianne

    Hi, Gretchen

    I’m new to the site and have two questions about the yule log because I’d like to do as much ahead of time as I can.

    1. How long can I keep the roulade with the crumcoat in the freezer?

    2. How long can I keep the roulade with ganache in fridge?

    • Gretchen Price

      HI Welcome to the Woodland Bakery blog! Your questions can only be answered when I know what filling you would like to use.
      If you use the mocha buttercream as I show here, you can freeze it for up to 1 month.
      Once you have it finished you can keep it in the fridge for up to a week

  • fiona sandland

    your recipe for your chocolate log is really good i have done a test on it and it come out really nice

    • Gretchen Price

      Great thanks!

  • http://woodlanebakery Shadieh

    i want to make a strawberry Roulade Do i do it the same as chocolate ?if so how much strawberry puree? and strawberry buttercream inside and on top of Yule Log whats best white Ganache or
    chocolate? If i use strawberry whipped cream can i freeze it and how long can it stay with out refridge

    Thanks for your recipes

  • Ginny Palumbo

    Just wanted to let you know I made this for our New Years Day dessert. It was a HUGE hit. I did make a variation of it. I made the roulade and then made your chocolate custard for the filling. Then made chocolate whipped cream to cover the outside. I then drizzled chocolate on the top and added chocolate curls to it. It came out beautiful.

    Thank you so much for this recipe!!!

  • Craig

    Hello Gretchen,
    Found your website and finished my first Yule Log. You made it so easy…thank you! May you and your family have a wonderful Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    • Gretchen Price


  • Heidi

    I just finished my yule log using your recipes and it looks fantastic. I am so proud.
    Thank you for sharing your recipes and tutorials.

  • Stefanie Van der Sypt

    Hey Gretchen

    Can I put the log in the freeze after I put on the crumcoat ?
    After I put the ganache on top of the log, can I put it in the fridge or not?

    • Gretchen Price

      yes to both questions

  • Natalie

    Hello I just want to ask, how heavy will the cake be? Around 1 kg?

  • Alizeh

    My brother has to make a log cake for school and take a picture of him self with it I just made a cake don’t need another one I don’t want to waste ingredients (don’t celebrate Christmas)
    Give me any ideas to make it easier thanks alizeh

  • Stephen

    Your recipe for this Yule Log Cake is fabulous !! I tried them and got so many compliments !!! I use very rich and thick chocolate mouse to frost the cake instead of ganache ( also the filling ) !! Here is my result !! Thank you so so so much ^^ !!

    • Gretchen Price

      LOVE IT!

  • Sara

    Hey Gretchen ! I want to make this for Christmas but being that I work retail my only days off before Christmas are this coming Monday and Thursday. if I make this cake maybe on Thursday should I freeze it or will it be good at room temperature until I assemble the whole thing ?

    • Sara

      Sorry to clarify I mean the roulade part..

    • Gretchen Price

      FREEZE, assemble when you are ready

      • Sara

        Thank you !!!

  • silvia

    Hi, im just asking, if i used chocolate mouses as the filling and use chocolate butter cream as the frosting for the yule log cake is that alright?

    • Gretchen Price


  • Jarrell

    Oh and maybe the hot chocolate cupcakes you did? :D

  • Jarrell

    Hi Gretchen i dont know where to put my question so: Could you do the hot chocolate dipper video again i really liked it !

    Greetz from The Netherlands :D

    • Gretchen Price

      HI! Thanks, trying to get time to film more vids before Christmas, just not sure WHEN!

  • sion jang

    Hi Gretchen,

    I was wondering if I can use chocolate mouse instead of buttercream.
    Thank you and I really love your videos. I’ve been watching them since I was 9!!

    • Gretchen Price

      Yes you can use whatever filling YOU like best!! Thanks for sticking with me!!

    • sion jang

      P.S. I’m 11 now and I love baking!

      You have inspired me to do what I love doing! THANK YOU AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!

      • Gretchen Price


  • Kayla

    Do your old yule log videos exist anymore? I really really miss the short series of them for this cake. (please please please bring them back!) I loved the singing and banter between you and your friend. They made me laugh and smile as I referenced the videos constantly as I was making all the parts of the cake. I honest-to-God panicked when I got internet back recently and found you did an overhaul of your blog and your YouTube channel! Anyway, thank you again, for sharing your time and knowledge with us all.

    • Gretchen Price

      I hope you can still enjoy the greatest recipes here with me from my bakery.

  • Rocio

    Hey gretchen so i was wondering, if i fill the cake with the chocolate mousse or the whipped cream will it be fine? or it will just become messy if I make it a day before?

  • Jayden

    Hey Gretchen! I also see the typo. It comes up on my ipad and computer. Anyway, can you maybe show us a vid on how to make chocolate tea cakes?? They are so delicious with the chocolate dome with marshmallow/meringue filling and a biscuit at the bottom! I also wanted to you are AMAZING! Thank you!

  • Deb McCann

    I just wanted to let you know you have a typo–‘Gather your mise en place well ahead of time; get your recipes made in advance; prepare in stages to take the stress and workload off of one single day.’ I thought you added in some cool new ingredient for just a minute. LOL

    Thank you so very much for all you do to share your recipes and knowledge with us, we do appreciate it! Get strapped in for the holiday season! I hope you have your most successful one ever this year!

    • Gretchen Price

      Thanks Deb! But I am not seeing the typo. PLease clarify

    • Michael

      Mise en place – (pronounced meez en plas) is a French phrase which means “putting in place”, as in set up.