Are you looking for a show-stopping dessert to impress your holiday guests? Look no further than this white cake yule log recipe! With its fluffy white cake, creamy frosting, and festive decorations, this dessert is sure to be a hit at any holiday gathering.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- Green food coloring
- Miniature mushrooms, meringue mushrooms, sugared cranberries, and powdered sugar, for decoration
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with parchment paper and grease the paper.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and granulated sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until thick and pale yellow. Add the milk and vanilla extract, and beat on low speed until combined.
- Add the flour mixture to the egg yolk mixture and beat on low speed until just combined. Stir in the melted butter.
- In another large bowl, beat the egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter until no white streaks remain.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- While the cake is still warm, turn it out onto a clean kitchen towel dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Peel off the parchment paper and trim the edges of the cake.
- Starting at one short end, roll up the cake and towel together. Place the cake, seam side down, on a wire rack and let cool completely.
- In a large bowl, beat the softened butter, vanilla extract, and salt on medium speed until creamy. Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add green food coloring, a few drops at a time, until the desired shade is reached.
- Unroll the cooled cake and spread the frosting evenly over the top, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Roll up the cake again, using the towel to help you. Place the cake, seam side down, on a serving platter or cake stand.
- Use a serrated knife to cut a diagonal slice from one end of the cake. Place the slice on the side of the cake to resemble a branch.
- Decorate the cake with miniature mushrooms, meringue mushrooms, sugared cranberries, and powdered sugar to resemble a yule log.
- Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve.
Serving Size: 1 slice
Total Fat: 18g
Saturated Fat: 11g
Trans Fat: 0g
Total Carbohydrates: 49g
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 45 minutes
- 15x10x1-inch baking pan
- Parchment paper
- Electric mixer
- Kitchen towel
- Serrated knife
- Serving platter or cake stand
This white cake yule log is a festive and delicious dessert that is perfect for any holiday gathering. Serve it with a cup of hot cocoa or coffee for a cozy and comforting treat.
For a chocolate version of this yule log, substitute cocoa powder for some of the flour in the cake batter and use chocolate frosting instead of vanilla. Decorate with chocolate shavings, raspberries, and powdered sugar.
If you don’t have unsalted butter, you can use salted butter but omit the additional salt in the recipe. You can also substitute margarine or shortening for the butter, but the flavor and texture may be slightly different.
This white cake yule log can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Cover loosely with plastic wrap or foil to prevent the cake from drying out.
- Be sure to beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form for the fluffiest cake.
- Use a serrated knife to cut the cake for a clean and even slice.
- Add food coloring to the frosting slowly to achieve the desired shade. You can always add more, but you can’t take it away!
This recipe makes one 10-inch yule log, serving 8-10 people.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make this yule log in advance?
Yes, you can make this yule log up to 2 days in advance. Store it in the refrigerator, covered loosely with plastic wrap or foil, until ready to serve.
Can I freeze this yule log?
Yes, you can freeze this yule log for up to 1 month. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then foil, and place it in an airtight container. Thaw it in the refrigerator before serving.
Can I use a different frosting for this yule log?
Yes, you can use any frosting you like for this yule log. Cream cheese frosting or chocolate ganache would both be delicious options.
This white cake yule log is a beautiful and delicious dessert that is perfect for any holiday celebration. With its fluffy cake, creamy frosting, and festive decorations, it is sure to impress your guests. While it may look complicated, it is actually quite easy to make with just a few simple ingredients and some careful rolling. I encourage you to try this recipe for yourself and enjoy the festive flavors of the holiday season!