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Vegan Yule Log (also known as bûche de noël)
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Vegan Yule Log

Yule Log is a classic cake served during the Christmas period. This vegan version is perfect for anyone who eats a dairy and egg free diet.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British, French
Keyword: baking powder, caster sugar, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, icing sugar, non-dairy butter, plant milk, self raising flour
Servings: 12 people


  • 33 x 23cm Swiss roll tin


For the sponge cake

For the buttercream

For the cherry filling

  • 3-4 tbsp cherries in syrup


  • Begin by preheating you oven to 180C / 356F / gas mark 4 and lining a 33 x 23cm Swiss roll tin with grease proof paper.
  • Before you begin baking, whisk together the apple cider vinegar and plant milk and let it rest for 5-10 minutes until it curdles to form vegan buttermilk.
  • Next add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and baking sugar to a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Melt the non-dairy butter and add to the dry ingredients along with the vegan buttermilk.
  • Whisk the wet and dry ingredients until they are well incorporated and the cake batter is smooth.
  • Pour the cake batter into the tin and smooth out with a palette knife.
  • Place the tin into the centre of the oven and bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until it is smooth on the surface.
  • Remove from the oven and leave it to cool for 5 minutes before attempting to turn it out.
  • While the cake cools, lay out a clean tea towel then cover this with a large piece of grease proof paper. Sprinkle the grease proof paper with a little caster sugar.
  • Turn the sponge out on to the sugared grease proof paper then peel off the grease proof paper that was used to originally line the tin.
  • Take the grease proof paper which the cake is sitting on and tightly curl it, and the sponge cake to form a tight swirl. Wrap it in the tea towel and leave to cool completely.

To assemble

  • Once the cake has cooled, add the icing sugar, non-dairy butter and plant milk to a mixing bowl and beat until it has made a smooth, soft buttercream.
  • Gently melt the dark chocolate over a bain marie or in a microwave stirring every 10 seconds.
  • Slowly pour the dark chocolate into the buttercream while whisking to ensure it is incorporated completely.
  • Carefully unroll the sponge (try not to worry if there are cracks!)
  • Spread half of the icing over the sponge using a palette knife, leaving a small border around the edge of the sponge (except for the shortest end which you roll up from).
  • Add a row of cherries at the short end where you roll the cake up from and drizzle some of the cherry syrup over the rest of the icing covered cake.
  • Using the grease proof paper to help, carefully roll the sponge cake back up and place on to a cake board or cake that you will use to serve.
  • Beat the buttercream to ensure it's still smooth and spreadable. Cover the cake with the remaining buttercream. There's no need to be precise in covering the log as the rough look is ideal.
  • To create a bark like patter use a fork to create narrow grooves and knots.
  • Dust with icing sugar immediately before serving.