Yule logs are a classic Christmas dessert and can be total showstoppers. Made famous by French bakeries in the 19th century, where they’re called bûche de Nöel, Yule logs are spongy rolled cakes with a sweet filling, often decorated like a charming woodland log with other lovely embellishments. If you’re looking for a delicious dessert that doubles as a delightful centerpiece, here are five creative Yule log recipes.
This recipe puts the “log” in Yule log. Begin by whisking coconut cream, powdered sugar, vanilla, cacao powder and diluted peanut butter in a bowl. Next, form the base of the Yule log, using a piping bag to spread a layer of the mix on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Stack Oreos along the base to create the log’s shape. Then cover them with the rest of the mousse. Spread the mousse around using a fork to give the cake a woodsy aesthetic before placing it in the fridge to solidify. Finally, top off the Yule log with grated chocolate and edible flowers for a magical woodland finish.
This gluten-free Yule log is the perfect comple-mint to your holiday table. The recipe involves a spongy chocolate cake that surrounds a minty green filling. Once rolled, the cake is coated with chocolate icing before it’s topped with crushed candy canes, other mint candies and a dusting of powdered sugar to finish.
This low-carb savory Yule log is a delicious take on the traditional dessert. First, roll out your low-carb, gluten-free fathead dough on a piece of parchment paper. Then spread a layer of cream cheese on the dough. Then add bits of leftover turkey followed by leftover sides, such as mashed potatoes, stuffing and cheddar cheese. Roll the dough over the ingredients before baking. Once out of the oven, coat the log with mashed cauliflower and garnish with a snip of parsley.
Chocolate lovers will definitely want to add this Yule log to their holiday menu. The recipe involves a cake made from eggs, caster sugar, flour, baking powder and cocoa powder filled with chocolate buttercream and strawberry slices. Once the cake has been iced with chocolate buttercream, top with powdered sugar.
This recipe highlights gingerbread’s versatility. Begin by whisking eggs, brown sugar, molasses, applesauce, sour cream, baking soda, salt and spices in a bowl. Next, add flour and gently stir into the batter before baking. Once cooled, spread whipped cream onto the cake before rolling it. Cover the cake with more whipped cream. Then add pieces of melted white chocolate to resemble bark. Finally, sprinkle on some powdered sugar and garnish with sugared cranberries.
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