• 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

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 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.

What do you need to make a yule log using cake mix?

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

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!

This easy yule log recipe was featured on Wine’d Down Wednesday and Sew It Craft It Cook It and Back to my Southern Roots!

Easy Yule Log Recipe Using Cake Mix


  • 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 to line your baking sheet. If you don't have baking spray, you can use regular cooking spray or butter. Make sure to grease the sides of the baking sheet as well so that the cake is easy to remove.
  • 4. Pour batter onto prepared baking baking sheet and spread batter as evenly as possible. As long as the sides are greased, you can push the butter up to the side walls of the baking sheet so you have a nice, flat rectangular cake.
  • 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 let cool for just a couple of minute to let the cake set. Try not to let cool longer than 5 minutes. You want to roll the cake while its still warm.
  • 7. While the cake is still warm, 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 or onto another clean dish towel.
  • 8. 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 so that it separates the layers. Place the rolled up cake on a cooling rack and let cool for at least 15 minutes.
  • 9. 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 10-15 seconds to more easily spread.) Gently but tightly roll up the cake again to form a log. Again, very gently lift and place your log onto your serving dish, seam side down so it does not unroll. Then frost the entire outside and ends with chocolate frosting.
  • 10. Using a fork, create a bark-like pattern in the frosting. 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!