This eye-catching dessert is guaranteed to delight holiday dinner guests. Chocolate lovers will lick their lips over the yummy cocoa cake, mocha filling and frosting. For a festive touch, I garnish the log with marzipan holly leaves and berries. -Jenny Hughson, Mitchell, Nebraska

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1 hr 5 mins
15 mins
1 hr 20 mins
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with parchment paper; grease the paper. Place egg whites in a small mixing bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks on high until light and fluffy. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating until thick and lemon-colored. Combine flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to egg yolk mixture until blended.

  • Beat egg whites on medium until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Stir a fourth into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining egg whites until no streaks remain.

  • Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until cake springs back (do not overbake). Cool for 5 minutes; invert onto a linen towel dusted with confectioners' sugar. Peel off parchment paper. Roll up in the towel, starting with a short side. Cool on a wire rack. In a mixing bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar and coffee granules. Beat until stiff peaks form; chill. Unroll cooled cake; spread filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again. Place on serving platter; chill.

  • In a mixing bowl, beat frosting ingredients until smooth. Frost cake. Using a fork, make lines resembling tree bark.

Nutrition Facts

340 calories; protein 4.5g; carbohydrates 49.5g; fat 15.2g; cholesterol 118.4mg; sodium 123.9mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (117)

Rating: 5 stars
I made the cake portion of this recipe only. I just didn't have the time for making frosting from scratch! :) I've never made a roll-type cake before, and I wanted to impress my inlaws with something special during the holidays. I was surprised at how easy this cake was to make. The cake came out moist and light, and it rolled without cracking. I frosted the inner roll with a raspberry glaze and chocolate frosting. The outside was frosted with chocolate and dusted with powdered sugar. I even made little meringue mushrooms (dusted with cocoa powder) to garnish the log. No one believed that I actually made the log; everyone thought that it came from a professional bakery! And it tasted incredible, too. There were no leftovers whatsoever. This recipe will become a staple of my holiday events! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Fantastic recipe! I gave it four stars because I thought the frosting was a bit "powdery". I ended up adding some cream cheese to mellow it out and some melted dark chocolate to give it more of a chocolate umph! Might be better off using melted chocolate in place of the cocoa. The cake part was great - perfect consistency and rolled with no cracking or major breaking. The mocha cream filling was to die for! Make sure to sift the instant coffee. I added a splash of Kahlua as well. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Had lost my own yule log recipe and found this one on the internet. It was by far much better even my guests all wanted the recipe. Very easy to make and I not a great chef! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Loved this cake! Light, fluffy, not too sweet, and very tasty! The cake was far to fragile to roll however so I instead cut the thin cake into three strips and made a layer cake. Then, by icing the sides and top of the layer cake with the rest of the icing, I continued the recipe and it looked like a snow covered log with bits of brown showing through! It was a-mazing and although I also forgot to add the rest of the white, fluffy, creamy mixture (you'll find out what it is if you make this) to the batter after I added 1/3rd of it, but that's okay because it was so good anyway! Thank you for the great recipe! Everyone on Christmas loved it! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Easy to make, quick to cook, but, maybe it's just me, or maybe I just didn't use the right kind of cocoa powder.. but it didn't taste as great as I thought it would. I made it for christmas, I have a big family of 8 people, and my mother and her boyfriend came down aswell.. and there were maybe 2 pieces of this cake eaten.. they loved the other two cakes I made... but this one didn't quite hit the spot with any of my family. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this for a practice run for x-mas gifts for some co-workers. It's easy fun and fast, and tastes great. Mine cracked a little when I tried to roll it, so now I know to cook it a little less then 15 min. I sliced an end off of each end and put it on the side of the log, like a branch coming out, also put a peanutbutter cup [fun size] on top of the log and frosted it to look like bump on the log.My mushrooms are candy nonpareils and kisses [tops melted just a touch for glue] I'm diffently making these as gifts this year. I also made Chocolate Almond Pine Cones from here.Thanks. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
turned out so beautiful! I love the mocha but I can see it can be strong so if I were serving it to non coffee drinkers I would consider going lighter on the the mocha.... Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I had never made a yule log before and foudn the instructions/process much easier than I always expected it to be. I thought the cake and filling were delicious; I used my favorite mocha frosting to ice it so I cannot comment on the frosting. We foudn that it tasted better the next day after chilling overnight in the fridge. Would definitely make again, probably day before. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I can't even tell you how wonderful I think this recipe is...Very simple and delicious...The first day, I found the icing too sweet also, but it seemed to settle down the day after. I added Amaretto liquer where it called for coffee. I think I am addicted, I have made 4 logs in a week...Yummy! Read More