It’s really not Christmas until we make a cake shaped like a log, and prematurely plow through the chocolate treats in our Advent calendars. Well… consider it Christmas because here we have A LOG (that’s really just a cake made of whipped cream and cookies) (and the Advent calendar is loooong gone)!
I made a Yule Log-type Cake a few years ago. It had a soft (gluten-free) chocolate cake filled and rolled with peppermint whipped cream and topped with chocolate ganache. So light and fluffy! Dreams, really.
This year’s Yule Log Cake is beyond clever. We’re stacking thin chocolate wafers with peppermint whipped cream and topping it with chocolate whipped cream. It’s an Icebox Cake! No-bake. Minimal fuss.
Joy the Baker Icebox Yule Log Cake from Joy the Baker on Vimeo.
Because the cake was such a cinch. We made you a Christmas video, too! We were feeling cheeky and we like to play with our food. Thank you to the creative mind of Hilton Carter and the reliability of the Canon 6D for this video. I’d like to pat myself on the back for making a giant stable mountain of ‘whipped cream’ out of meringue and foil. Take a look!
This genius recipe is inspired by America’s Test Kitchen. Do you know the hardworking people at America’s Test Kitchen? They’re a wonderful recourse for great recipes and amazingly sensible kitchen techniques. I love their cookbook The America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook.
Now let’s stack these cookies and call it a cake! It’s definitely as easy as it seems.
Original Photography Shot with the Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR. The perfect multimedia solution.
Heavy cream is whipped until fluffy and crumbled candy canes are folded into the cream. It’s minty.
Each cookie gets a good dollop of the peppermint cream, and then the cookies are stacked together juuust so.
The whipped cream is soft but still solid enough to hold its shape as the long is stacked.
It’s like Legos, but food.
Once assembled, the cake-log is wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen until solid throughout, about 5 hours.
While the cake freezes we whip up the chocolate whipped cream. Then we break off a piece of the cake-log… we’re making a branch people… it definitely makes sense.
Now would be a most excellent time to place the cake-log on a serving platter. I chose to go marble all the way.
You might feel like you under-whipped your chocolate cream. It’s better to err on the side of under-whipped. It’s smooth and spreadable. Over-whipped cream doesn’t spread as smoothly.
Once the log is frosted, on goes the cookie-branch!
Frost the branch too!
Use the tines of a fork to lightly draw wood grain into the whipped cream. Totally normal.
Oh! Let’s talk about decorations too! Meringue marshmallows are a great idea. They’re pretty easy to make and there’s melted chocolate involved so… we really can’t go wrong.
Peppermint-flavored. Chocolate-covered. Log-shaped. Festive cake. It’s Christmas, and we’ve got the green sprinkles, candy canes, and meringue marshmallows to prove it.
This cake is great made a day or two in advance and stored in the freezer until about 20 minutes before serving time. The cookies soften and meld perfectly with the peppermint whipped cream. It’s simple and sweet. I feel so accomplished, and so will you… and we didn’t even have to turn on the oven. Merry Christmas, friends!
Don’t say it looks like a submarine…
Chocolate Peppermint Yule Log Cake
adapted just slightly from America’s Test Kitchen
3 large peppermint candy canes, crushed*
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar, divided
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, divided
a few drops of peppermint extract
30 Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
meringue mushrooms for garnish
*I found it easiest to use a food processor to crush (but not completely pulverize the candy canes.)
First make the peppermint cream. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat 1 cup of heavy cream with 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, and a few drops of peppermint extract. Beat to soft peaks. The whipped cream should hold its shape but still be pillowy smooth. Stir in the crushed peppermint candy and place the whipped cream in a medium bowl.
Lay out 30 chocolate wafers. Spread 1 heaping tablespoon peppermint cream onto a chocolate wafer. Top with another wafer and repeat 4 more times to produce a stack of 6 wafers with cream in between each cookie. Make 5 stacks, each with 6 wafers. Spread 1 tablespoon peppermint cream on top of 5 stacks, leaving 1 stack plain.
Lay cookie stacks on sides and press together end to end, making one log about 14-inches long Wrap log in plastic and freeze until firm, at least 5 hours or up to 1 week. The cookies will soften slightly as it freezes with the peppermint cream.
While the log freezes, make the chocolate whipped cream. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat remaining 1 cup cream, remaining ¼ cup powdered sugar, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, a few drops of peppermint extract, and cocoa powder until soft peaks form. The whipped cream should hold its shape but still be smooth when spread. Less is more.
Cut 2-inch piece diagonally from other end of frozen log and set aside.
Transfer frozen cake to serving platter. Spread the chocolate whipped cream over the cookie log. Press reserved 2-inch piece on top of log to make bump, placing it several inches from one end of log. Cover bump with cocoa cream.
Drag tines of fork down length of log to simulate bark. Freeze until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 2 days. Before serving, let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes. Garnish platter with meringue mushrooms and, just before serving, dust generously with powdered sugar.
Awesome looking Yule log. I just sent your first cookbook to my sister in law for Christmas. it’s a Classic at our house. Just wanted to point out that you said America test kitchen is a great “recourse” when you probably meant “resource.” Love your recipes! Thanks for sharing.
Food Crafters (@FoodCrafters)
Whoo, the video is just incredible, must have you taken days to do it!!
We always make a yule log for christmas, and this was our pick this year: it was everyone’s favorite buche de noel EVER. Light and creamy and hardly any work. In fact, we loved this so much, i’m back on this post to make it for new year’s eve. This time, chocolate whipped cream inside, white outside. :) thank you for such a delicious (and simple) recipe!
I love the video! So cheery and so clever!
I made this for Christmas dinner with the fam and it was delicious! My entire family had no faith in me and told me it would be too hard, but it was really just as easy as Joy said! It was amazing, highly recommend even if you’re not a great baker :)
Oh my gosh! Your video had my whole family smiling! And my daughter & I want to make this next year, as we made a buche de Noel last year and find this one would be perfect to try (it’s an every other year undertaking for us, plus we are all round as Santa with all the treats we have been eating!). Love your recipes and your way with writing! Hope you had the Merriest of days!
A fantastic variation on chocolate ripple cake.
Life saver! I was stuck on what to make, and this was perfect! It was so easy, and quick to make, and it looks impressive! Thanks!
My 12 and 13 year old daughters are making this to serve after Christmas Eve service tomorrow night. The video and the detailed instructions made this recipe easy for my girls to make – allowing me to get some work done before the festivities.
Arthur in the Garden!
That is cute!
What a clever and interesting way to make a yule cake!
where on earth do you find the wafer cookies i never can find them anywhere
they can be a little tricky to find. you’re right! i usually find these wafers at more specialty grocery stores. here on the west coast that means places like gelsons, bristol farms, pavillions. try there. they also sell them on amazon.
Now that you said submarine, I cant see anything else :P
But all the same it looks delicious :D
A ha! I too have already finished my advent calendar chocolates :) Oh well, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a little bit of over indulgence. Merry Christmas.