A traditional French desert that is meant to resemble the yule log.

Clay Walters
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cake:
Whipped Cream Filling:
Chocolate Ganache:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch jelly roll pan with 1 teaspoon butter and line with parchment paper. Grease parchment paper with 1 teaspoon butter.

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  • Whisk flour, cocoa powder, and salt together in a small bowl.

  • Combine egg yolks, 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl; beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until pale yellow, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Clean the beaters of the electric mixer. Beat egg whites in a bowl on medium-high speed until foamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually add 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and beat until stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes more.

  • Fold egg yolk mixture gently into the egg whites. Fold flour mixture in gradually until batter is smooth.

  • Pour batter into the prepared jelly roll pan and spread evenly with an offset spatula.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool, about 30 minutes.

  • Combine 1 cup heavy cream, 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, and sour cream in a bowl; blend with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until stiff, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Turn the jelly roll pan so the shorter side faces you. Spread whipped cream over the cake, leaving a 2-inch border at the top. Roll up cake toward the uncovered border, letting the parchment paper fall away as you roll. Place roll seam-side down on a serving platter.

  • Place 1/2 cup heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until warmed through, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips. Let stand until chocolate softens, about 3 minutes. Stir with a spatula or wooden spoon until ganache is smooth and creamy.

  • Drizzle chocolate ganache over rolled cake. Let stand until set, about 5 minutes. Run a fork through the ganache to create a tree bark effect.

Nutrition Facts

337 calories; 22.7 g total fat; 126 mg cholesterol; 113 mg sodium. 32.8 g carbohydrates; 5.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2017
This is a no fail cake. I did roll it while hot and it rolled beautifully. When I unrolled it to cover in cream it was perfect. I wish this recipe included a ganache for the topping. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/02/2018
Es I had to add a lot of extra confectioners sugar to cream filling. No I won't use this recipe again Read More
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2017
This is a no fail cake. I did roll it while hot and it rolled beautifully. When I unrolled it to cover in cream it was perfect. I wish this recipe included a ganache for the topping. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2017
This is a no fail cake. I did roll it while hot and it rolled beautifully. When I unrolled it to cover in cream it was perfect. I wish this recipe included a ganache for the topping. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2017
This was my first effort at a yule log and it turned out great! I only cooked it for 8 minutes and it was definitely ready to come out so be careful not to overcook the cake. I also adapted the ganache by mixing the melted chocolate in with whipped cream because that's what my daughter wanted. Probably would have been just as good as-is in the recipe. Will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/19/2017
Overall this is a good recipe. The reason for a 4 star is because the ingredient amounts listed don't match the written instructions that was a little confusing. FOLLOW THE MEASUREMENTS IN THE WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS. I also recommend sifting the cocoa powder. The first time I made it I had lumps of cocoa powder in the cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2018
Easy and fun to make. It was delicious. Only change I made was to add powdered dark chocolate to the filling Read More
Rating: 1 stars
12/01/2018
Es I had to add a lot of extra confectioners sugar to cream filling. No I won't use this recipe again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2018
This was very good but I think I would adjust the recipe to 12 servings because the batter was a bit skimpy on my sheet pan. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2018
Excellent recipe.Followed exactly. Recipe for Ganache was good but made a little to much. Next time I will use less when decorating log. I baked for around 10 minutes and cake was perfect. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2018
Turned out wonderfully. My daughter wanted a giant swiss roll for her birthday. She loved it and it was delicious Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2016
Turned out really good never made one before didn't know what to expect. I was out of vanilla extract so I used orange extract which worked for me and reminded me of those Chocolate orange I get at Christmas. Made slight changes to the filling and I'm happy with the overall results. Will make again Read More