How to Make a Yule Log
Follow our simple steps to make a stunning Chocolate Gingerbread Yule Log for the holidays.
Step 1: Whip the Egg Whites
Add cream of tartar to egg whites; beat on medium until soft peaks form. The fluffy egg whites are key for making cake batter that’s light and airy!
Step 2: Roll
While the cake is still warm, roll it into a log. (The towel keeps the cake from sticking to itself.) Keep it rolled until cool. This trains the cake to hold its final shape.
Step 6: Frost
Spread the chocolate buttercream frosting on the cake. Here’s what our Test Kitchen has to say about buttercream.
Step 7: Spread the Chocolate
To make the “bark,” use an offset spatula to thinly spread 4 to 6 oz. melted bittersweet chocolate on a parchment paper-lined baking pan. The thinner the chocolate, the easier it is to break into shards. Refrigerate until set.
Step 8: Snap the Shards
This is the fun part, so get cracking! Uneven pieces add lots of bark-like character. If chocolate softens while you work, pop it back in the fridge.