Delicious Yule log recipe with a twist of Guinness!

Published Monday, Dec 23 2013, 12:20 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Doesn't this look great? We love a festive Yule Log at Christmas and thanks to an extra special dash of flavour, this one comes with a kick.

Guinness Yule log

© Guinness

This is a great alternative dessert for those who aren't Christmas pudding fans. The traditional Yule Log recipe has been given a twist, thanks to the addition of Guinness in the buttercream. Trust us, it really works!


  • For the sponge
  • 55 grams flour
  • 55 grams cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 large eggs separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • 220 grams sugar
  • 4 drops almond essence
  • For the buttercream
  • 195 grams butter
  • 275 grams icing sugar
  • 110 grams cocoa powder
  • 50-75ml Guinness


1 Sift the flour, cocoa and salt then set aside.

2 Whip the egg white till near peak stage and add cream of tartar and keep whisking until peaks form.

3 Place egg yolk, sugar and almond essence in a bowl and whisk well until light and pale. Add flour, cocoa and salt mix to yolks and gently fold into the mixture.

4 Fold in the egg whites and spoon onto a greaseproof lined swiss roll tray and bake at 180C for 15 minutes.

5 For the butter cream, beat the butter, icing sugar, cocoa and Guinness until light and fluffy.

6 When sponge is cooked, turn out onto greaseproof paper. Peel away the baked greaseproof paper and roll the sponge with the sheet inside it and the let it cool.

7 When sponge is cooled unroll the sponge and spread half of the buttercream onto the sponge and roll.

8 Spread the remaining buttercream around the rolled sponge and let it cool. Sprinkle the Yule log with icing sugar and serve.

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes

Nutrition Information

Serves 6-8

Check out these other festive recipes:
Mary Berry's fresh Salmon & Dill Terrines
Mulled Cider
Christmas Trifle Cupcakes
Christmas Rum Cocktails