Ice Cream Yule Log Cake Recipe

This yule log cake recipe provides a spectacular finish to your holiday meals - and it's easy, too.

The traditional buche de Noel recipe – the one that graces every French and Belgian patisserie in December – vies for popularity with the ice cream versions now available in supermarkets. We take the middle road here with our homemade ice cream cake, and give this yule log a modern twist with a rich ice cream filling and a light seven-minute frosting.

Yule log cake recipe - genoise cake with seven minute frosting, deocrated with plastic reindeer.

To make this ice cream yule log, you'll need three things:

To assemble the yule log:

  1. Scoop out between one to two cups of ice cream, spread on a plate and allow to soften – but not melt – for a few minutes.

  2. Carefully unroll the genoise cake on a flat surface.

  3. Spread the ice cream over the cake, being careful not to break it. (If you crack the cake, don’t worry – you’ll cover it up with frosting.)

  4. Roll up the cake.

  5. Layer strips of wax or parchment paper on a serving tray.

  6. Place cake, seam side down, on the tray.

  7. Spread frosting over the cake, covering ends as well.

  8. Using the tines of a fork, mark lines in the frosting to simulate wood grain.

  9. Sprinkle 1 tsp. cocoa powder over the cake.

Store the yule log in the freezer. Take out of the freezer for a few minutes only before serving, and decorate with frosted berries, mistletoe leaves, plastic reindeer, or meringue mushrooms.

Bon appétit and happy holidays!

Return from Yule Log Cake Recipe to
The Ice Cream Maker Home page.