• Easy Yule Log recipe using cake mix
  • Easy Yule Log recipe using cake mix
  • Easy Yule Log recipe using cake mix

Easy Yule Log Recipe Using Cake Mix

I can’t think of anything that sounds more cozy, festive and inviting around the holidays than a yule log. If you’re not familiar with a yule log, I’d describe it as a giant Ho Ho or chocolate Swiss roll cake but with chocolate frosting that you can very easily convince someone to believe is the bark of a log.

You might be curious about origin of the yule log dessert. Or you might not be. So I’ll keep it short and sweet and you can do your own Googling if you need more info. Basically, the yule log tradition began with an actual log which was part of an entire tree burned a little bit each day during the 12 days of Christmas. (Read the full story here). Somewhere along the way, the idea of the yule log was transformed into a dessert. Brilliant.

So, this year as we were making Christmas cookies, my sister-in-law kept talking about yule logs. The sound of it got my creative juices flowing so I decided to try and make one, using a few short cuts, as I like to do.

The good good news is, yule logs are incredibly easy to make! Bad news is, it’s two days after Christmas and I’m posting the recipe. But you know, pin now and make it next year.

Here are a few tools that will make things easier/more fun:


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat eggs with an electric mixer (ideally with whisk attachment) for 5 minutes until frothy and pale yellow in color.
  • 2. Add cake mix, water and oil and beat on low for 2 minutes.
  • 3. Line your baking pan then coat the liner with baking spray. (If you don't have a silicon baking sheet, use parchment paper. If you don't have baking spray, rub the liner with flour.)
  • 4. Pour batter onto prepared baking pan and spread batter as evenly as possible. Try to avoid letting the batter touch the sides so it's easier to remove
  • 5. Bake at 350˚ for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • 6. When done, remove the pan of cake from oven and grab your linen dish towel. Sprinkle both sides of the towel with powdered sugar to prevent cake from sticking to it then lay it on top of the cake, completely covering it. Holding the towel and the pan together, gently flip the pan upside down so that the cake drops from the pan into the towel like a hammock then let go of the towel and the cake gently laying it onto a clean counter. Take the pan and set it aside leaving the towel with the cake on top. The liner will likely stick to the top of the cake, go ahead and gently peel it off. Next, starting from the short side of the cake, begin to tightly but gently roll the cake up, keeping the towel in place. Place the rolled up cake on a cooling rack and let cool for 15 minutes.
  • 7. When done cooling, gently unroll the cake and start spreading the marshmallow fluffy frosting across the whole top of the cake. (Pro tip: Microwave frosting for 20 seconds to more easily spread.) Gently but tightly roll up the cake to form a log. Again, very gently lift and place your log into your serving dish, seam side down so it does not unroll. Then frost the entire outside and ends with chocolate frosting.
  • 8. Using a fork, create a bark-like pattern in the frosted outside. Garnish with fresh cranberries and rosemary or decorate your log in a wintery scene using whatever decorative items you can find! I think for next year, I'm going to order this cute woodland decorative kit!