Recipe: Baileys Yule Log


Not everyone is a fan of traditional christmas pudding, but everyone loves chocolate right? This chocolate swiss roll recipe, decorated to look like a fallen festive log is a chocoholic's heaven.


  • 1 sprig holly to garnish
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 65 g self-raising flour
  • 40 g cocoa
  • 1 glug double cream
  • 1 shot your favourite liquor
  • 200 g butter, at room temperature
  • 400 g icing sugar
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 1 drizzle white icing
preheat the oven

Step 1

Preheat The Oven

Preheat the oven to 210°C.

whisk the eggs & sugar

Step 2

Whisk The Eggs & Sugar

Line a swiss roll tin (33cmx22cm) or baking sheet with non-stick paper. put the eggs and sugar for the sponge into a bowl and whisk until smooth, light and fluffy. It’s best to use an electric hand whisk for this to get maximum aeration as it should triple in volume at least.

add the flour & cocoa

Step 3

Add The Flour & Cocoa

Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into the bowl and carefully fold in with a large metal spoon (avoid knocking out any air you’ve just whisked in.)

spoon batter into the tin

Step 4

Spoon Batter Into The Tin

Spoon the mixture into the tin and carefully spread to the edges.

bake the sponge

Step 5

Bake The Sponge

Bake for 10 minutes until the mixture springs back when lightly touched and it’s shrunk back from the edges slightly.

roll the hot sponge

Step 6

Roll The Hot Sponge

Lay another sheet of greaseproof paper on the table and sprinkle with a handful of castor sugar. Turn the hot swiss roll out onto the sugared paper, score a line 2cm in from one end and start to roll, allowing the paper to catch itself inside the roll. Leave to cool completely whilst rolled.

make the butter cream

Step 7

Make The Butter Cream

Make the butter cream icing by creaming together all the icing ingredients. Whip the cream to stiff peaks and fold through the alcohol (optional).

re-roll the sponge

Step 8

Re-Roll The Sponge

Unroll the sponge and spread the cream in a thin layer, right to the edges. Roll back up and reposition on whatever you intend to serve the Yule Log on.

smear over the buttercream

Step 9

Smear Over The Buttercream

Smear the chocolate butter cream all over and smooth into all the edges with a warm palette knife.

decorate the cake

Step 10

Decorate The Cake

Run a fork through the cream to give the bark-like texture and draw rings around the end of the log with the melted white chocolate in a piping bag. Dust with icing sugar to represent snow.

slie and serve!

Step 11

Slie And Serve!

Store in the fridge until needed and slice generously for everyone to enjoy. makes 12 slices.

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