Emily’s Favourite Chocolate Yule Log

This is a delicious alternative to either a traditional Christmas pudding or Christmas cake.

Serves 8


For the cake:

6 eggs, separated

150g caster sugar

50g cocoa


225g butter

250g icing sugar

175g dark chocolate

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C fan/gas 4 and line a Swiss roll tin with baking parchment.
  2. Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until thick and foamy. Add 50g of the sugar a teaspoonful at a time and continue whisking until all the sugar is incorporated and the egg whites are in peaks.eggswhites.jpg
  3. Whisk the egg yolks with the remaining sugar until thick and pale. Sieve over the cocoa powder and fold in.
  4. Add the whisked egg whites and fold in gently until thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into the lined Swiss roll tin and bake for around 20 minutes. Allow to cool before turning it out onto a clean piece of baking parchment.
  6. To the make icing, melt the chocolate in a bowl over some hot water or in the microwave. Allow to cool.
  7. Put the butter and icing sugar into a food processor and mix until smooth. Add the cooled chocolate and mix thoroughly.
  8. Trim the edges from the turned out Swiss roll and then spread with a thin layer of the icing. From the long edge, roll tightly into a roll using the parchment to help.
  9. Cut off a piece at an angle and use to make branches on the log. Spread with the remaining icing and use a skewer to create a wood effect.
  10. Place on a serving platter, dust with icing sugar and serve.


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