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Buche de Noel, Yule Log Cake

An easy way to make a yule log cake with a boxed cake mix.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Keyword buche de noel, cake roll
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 300kcal


  • Playmobil elves, woodsmen, animals and plants


  • 1 boxed cake mix prepared according to package directions
  • cocoa or powdered sugar for sifting
  • 2 cups filling of choice such as cream cheese whipped with sugar, packaged cool whip, or Buttercream frosting
  • 1 can chocolate frosting or 1 batch Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


  • Grease a jelly roll pan and line it with waxed paper or parchment. Bake the cake in the prepared jelly roll pan according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, sift cocoa or powdered sugar over a clean tea towel. Invert warm cake onto towel. Remove parchment paper. Roll cake up in the towel. Yes, really. You want it to cool with a curve to it otherwise the cake will break.
  • Gently unroll cake and spread your filling. Reroll, minus the towel. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  • Remove plastic wrap and cut off 2-3 inches off each end, at an angle. Place large piece of cake, seam side down, on a serving platter. Position smaller pieces on the side of the main log. These are like "branches" to the cake.
  • Frost cake with chocolate frosting, filling in the gaps between the main log and its branches. Do not frost the ends. Scrape frosting with a fork to resemble bark. Add Playmobil figures or other decorations if you prefer.


Nutritional values will vary based on what cake and frosting items you choose.