Burning a yule log is a Christmas tradition that dates back before Medieval Times. People would carefully select a Christmas tree, bring it into their home and place the largest end into the fire. The whole tree would be burned and keep the fire going for the day.
A Yule Log Cake, also known as a Bûche de Noël, is a cake made based on that old tradition. Fortunately for us, we won’t burn it – we’ll eat it! It’s basically a chocolate sponge cake roll that’s filled with cream and covered with chocolate ganache and made to look like a log.
The version I’m sharing with you today is a wonderfully tender chocolate cake filled with vanilla buttercream, but you can fill it with any filling you want, then it's covered with whipped chocolate ganache. It’s looks lovely decorated with sugared cranberries and rosemary for a lovely rustic and Christmas-y look! (Not included in bake mix)
***Special Note: You will need a 17×12 inch jelly roll sheet pan, but you can use a half sheet pan as long as it has similar dimensions. There is a photo demo on how to roll the cake in the third picture on this product.