There’s something so cozy, festive and inviting about a holiday yule log! Especially one made of cake. 😋
Did you know it’s really pretty easy to make a yule log? My recipe uses boxed cake mix and I’ll give you directions for rolling the cake as well as decorating to look just like a beautiful log. But first, you may be wondering…
What’s the history and origin of the yule 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.
The yule log is a Nordic tradition that 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.
What ingredients are in a Yule log cake?
If you’ve never seen or enjoyed a yule log cake, I’d say it’s similar to a giant Ho Ho or chocolate Swiss roll cake. Except instead of a chocolate coating, it’s covered with chocolate frosting.
The frosting is often made to look like the bark of a log. With this recipe, I’m going to show you how to do this to your yule log! (Don’t worry, it’s really easy, no professional bakery skills required.)
Actually in general, a yule log cake is incredibly easy to make if you start with a cake mix.
Why is this the best yule log cake recipe?
Well, I think it’s this one. Why? Because it’s easy and delicious. I’m a big fan of boxed cake mixes because they’re cheap, easy and now you can buy them organic.
However, I really recommend making your own chocolate frosting if you have time.
Homemade chocolate buttercream frosting (click for my recipe) is pretty easy to whip up and it’s so amazingly good.
Can you make your own Marshmallow fluff?
Yes, you can! If you forgot to pick up marshmallow fluff at the store, don’t worry. If you have marshmallows and corn syrup, then you can make your own. Here’s a recipe for homemade marshmallow fluff.
You can also try this marshmallow flavored frosting:
The texture is a bit different, more light and fluffy light frosting but still has that marshmallow flavor.
Or, just simply use vanilla frosting. All of these options are delicious so choose your favorite or just use whatever is handy. Remember, this is an easy and low stress cake! 😉
What do you need to make a yule log using cake mix?
Here are a few tools that will make things easier, less stressful and also just more fun!
- 12″ x 18″ baking pan, silicone liner and cooling rack set
- Baking spray (with flour)
- Linen dishtowel
- Silicone spatula
- Woodland cake topper set
Feeling the holiday spirit?
Try making some Christmas cookies too!
Typically this is a Christmas dessert so if you’re reading this and Christmas is still pretty far away, pin this recipe for later!