Chocolate Yule Log

Chocolate Yule Log

"This eye-catching dessert is guaranteed to delight holiday dinner guests. Chocolate lovers will lick their lips over the yummy cocoa cake, mocha filling and frosting. For a festive touch, I garnish the log with marzipan holly leaves and berries. -Jenny Hughson, Mitchell, Nebraska"
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1 h 20 m servings
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  1. Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with parchment paper; grease the paper. Place egg whites in a small mixing bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks on high until light and fluffy. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating until thick and lemon-colored. Combine flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to egg yolk mixture until blended.
  2. Beat egg whites on medium until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Stir a fourth into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining egg whites until no streaks remain.
  3. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until cake springs back (do not overbake). Cool for 5 minutes; invert onto a linen towel dusted with confectioners' sugar. Peel off parchment paper. Roll up in the towel, starting with a short side. Cool on a wire rack. In a mixing bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar and coffee granules. Beat until stiff peaks form; chill. Unroll cooled cake; spread filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up again. Place on serving platter; chill.
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat frosting ingredients until smooth. Frost cake. Using a fork, make lines resembling tree bark.

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I made the cake portion of this recipe only. I just didn't have the time for making frosting from scratch! :) I've never made a roll-type cake before, and I wanted to impress my inlaws with s...

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Easy to make, quick to cook, but, maybe it's just me, or maybe I just didn't use the right kind of cocoa powder.. but it didn't taste as great as I thought it would. I made it for christmas, I h...

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I made the cake portion of this recipe only. I just didn't have the time for making frosting from scratch! :) I've never made a roll-type cake before, and I wanted to impress my inlaws with s...

Fantastic recipe! I gave it four stars because I thought the frosting was a bit "powdery". I ended up adding some cream cheese to mellow it out and some melted dark chocolate to give it more of ...

Had lost my own yule log recipe and found this one on the internet. It was by far much better even my guests all wanted the recipe. Very easy to make and I not a great chef!

Loved this cake! Light, fluffy, not too sweet, and very tasty! The cake was far to fragile to roll however so I instead cut the thin cake into three strips and made a layer cake. Then, by icing ...

Easy to make, quick to cook, but, maybe it's just me, or maybe I just didn't use the right kind of cocoa powder.. but it didn't taste as great as I thought it would. I made it for christmas, I h...

I made this for a practice run for x-mas gifts for some co-workers. It's easy fun and fast, and tastes great. Mine cracked a little when I tried to roll it, so now I know to cook it a little le...

turned out so beautiful! I love the mocha but I can see it can be strong so if I were serving it to non coffee drinkers I would consider going lighter on the the mocha....

I had never made a yule log before and foudn the instructions/process much easier than I always expected it to be. I thought the cake and filling were delicious; I used my favorite mocha frosti...

I can't even tell you how wonderful I think this recipe is...Very simple and delicious...The first day, I found the icing too sweet also, but it seemed to settle down the day after. I added Amar...

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