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Buche de Noel finished cake

Buche de Noel

This delightful chocolate Christmas yule log cake is easy to make and a classic
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course baking
Cuisine French
Servings 10
Calories 531 kcal


  • Swiss roll tin


  • 4 medium free range eggs
  • 150 g 5oz caster sugar (super fine sugar)
  • 125 g 4oz self raising flour (baking flour)
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder


  • 284 ml Half pint double cream (heavy cream)
  • 200 g 7oz icing sugar (confectioners sugar)


  • 50 g 1.75oz unsalted butter
  • 50 g 1.75oz cream cheese
  • 100 g 3.5oz dark chocolate chopped
  • 225 g 8oz icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 100 g 3.5oz cocoa powder


  • Preheat oven to 200C and grease and line a swiss roll tin
  • whip the eggs and sugar till they double in volume
  • sieve the flour and cocoa powder and fold this into the egg mixture with a metal spoon
  • Pour cake batter into prepared tin and bake for approx 10 minutes till it bounces back when you touch the centre
  • Tip the cake on to a new piece of baking parchment and peel off the old paper
  • score a line on short edge and use baking parchment to roll the cake then leave it to cool


  • Whip sugar and cream till you get soft peaks


  • Beat all the ingredients together

Assembling the cake

  • Unroll the sponge and spread with the cream then roll up putting open end down on serving plate
  • Cut a thick diagonal slice from one end of the cake and place this against side of cake to create a V branch
  • Cover the whole cake in the chocolate frosting and make surface rough like bark by running over it with a fork
  • Sprinkle with some extra icing sugar like snow and add holly etc to decorate


You can use grated chocolate on top of the frosting or make strips of chocolate using a potato peeler from a bar of either milk or plain chocolate (or both for a nice textured look) and scatter these on top of the frosting.


Calories: 531kcalCarbohydrates: 79gProtein: 8gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 58mgPotassium: 312mgFiber: 5gSugar: 59gVitamin A: 705IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 3mg
Keyword chocolate cake, swiss roll
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