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

Recipe Summary

11 mins
38 mins
1 hr 34 mins
45 mins
1 log


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


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.

  • 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; protein 5.4g; carbohydrates 32.8g; fat 22.7g; cholesterol 126.1mg; sodium 113mg. Full Nutrition