The original Coffee Christmas Yule Log recipe

How to prepare the Bûche de Noël, a simple and tasty Christmas cake.

We all know. Our diet goes to archive at Christmas. At least for a few days. There are too many delicacies to taste on our laid tables. Among these, you can not miss the Christmas coffee yule log, a French dessert with an intense and unmistakable taste. Also known as Bûche de Noël or Christmas block, this cake – made with a soft biscuit dough, a creamy filling with ricotta and a chocolatey coffee cover – is quite simple to make at home.

Let’s see how to prepare the Christmas coffee yule log with a few genuine ingredients.

Coffee yule log cake: the ingredients

  • For coffee coverage:

2 cups of Caffè Mauro
Fresh cream – 250 ml
White chocolate – 250 g
Butter – 40 g
Sugar – 2 tablespoons

  • For biscuit dough:

Coffee – 2 cups
5 fresh eggs
Flour – 170 g
Sugar – 250 g
Baking powder – 1 sachet
Potato starch – 130 g
Marsala – 4 tablespoons

  • For cream filling:

Ricotta – 350 g
Chocolate chips – 100 g
Sugar – 5 tablespoons
Marsala – 2 tablespoons

How to prepare the Christmas yule log with coffee

Coffee coverage making

  • Prepare coffee with a moka pot
  • Coarsely chop the white chocolate and place it in a bowl with sugar and butter
  • Heat the fresh cream in a saucepan ‘til it is simmering, then add it to the white chocolate and mix well
  • Add coffee and keep stirring
  • Once the cream is quite cooled, put it in the fridge for a couple of hours

Biscuit dough making

  • Prepare the dough by whipping eggs, sugar, flour, starch and yeast
  • Add coffee and marsala, continuing to mix
  • Put the dough in a baking tin and bake it for 15 minutes at 180 degrees
  • Bring out the dough and roll it on itself

Cream filling making

  • Prepare the cream stirring ricotta, sugar and chocolate chips with a whisk
  • Unroll the biscuit dough, stuff it with ricotta cream and roll it again
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes


  • Take from the fridge the white chocolate and coffee cover and whip it with a whisk
  • Pour it on the yule log cake
  • Decorate with raspberries or candied cherries
  • Serve your Christmas yule log in a dessert tray

As well as panettone e pandoro, yule log is an icon of Christmas holidays. It can not miss in your Christmas menu!


Cover pic by Mathieu MD – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

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