Keto Yule Log

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The easiest Keto Yule Log recipe you will EVER make! This recipe simplifies the traditional Bûche de Noël by eliminating the need for rolling the spongy low carb chocolate cake into a towel and then unrolling it to add the cream filling.

The Yule Log cake, also known as Bûche de Noël, is a traditional holiday dessert that usually requires a lot of effort and results in many tears – if your cake cracks when you roll it. I speak from experience on that one! This low carb version of the Christmas classic streamlines the process yielding a perfectly rolled chocolate keto cake with whipped cream filling and sugar-free chocolate ganache.

A slice of rolled chocolate cake cut off to show the cream and chocolate spirals swirl inside the cake.

What makes this recipe different?

  • It’s low carb – From the gluten-free cake to the sugar-free whipped cream filling and the rich ganache, each slice of this roulade is keto with only 3 grams carbs per slice!
  • Roll the cake once – To make it easy for novice bakers, there is no need to lift the sheet cake out of the baking sheet before rolling or no need to roll and unroll the cake in a towel prior to adding the filling. All of these extra steps only increase the chances that you cake is going to crack or break. Instead, this keto yule log cake recipe lets you leave the baked sheet cake in the pan while you spread on the filling and roll the cake ONLY ONE TIME for a crack-free experience.
  • Silky chocolate ganache – Instead of using buttercream frosting, a delicious mousse-like chocolate ganache is spread around the cake. Run a fork through the silky ganache to mimic the rugged texture of a fireplace log.
  • Perfectly moist – Instead of using a ton of eggs to make the keto cake which can easily dry out the chocolate cake, this recipe only uses 2 eggs (a typical amount seen in traditional non-keto roulade recipes) while keeping the spongy chocolate roll, light and airy.

What is a Bûche de Noël?

A Bûche de Noël, also known as a Yule Log, is a traditional Christmas dessert that originates from France. It is a rolled cake designed to resemble a burning Yule log on the fire.

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Keto Chocolate Cake Ingredients

Cream Filling Ingredients

Chocolate Ganache Ingredients

Keto Yule Log Directions

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Variations

There are a few variations you can explore to tailor this keto Christmas dessert to your taste preferences when making a Bûche de Noël. Try these for a creative twist:

Cake flavor

While a traditional Yule Log is made with a chocolate sponge cake, you can experiment with different flavors like vanilla, spice, almond, coffee or red velvet cakes.

Filling options

Like used in this keto recipe, the class filling to this holiday roll cake is whipped cream, but alternatives like chocolate or vanilla buttercream, hazelnut spread, fruit jams or flavored whipped creams (like peppermint or orange) can be used.

Try adding layers of fruit like sliced strawberries and chopped raspberries or chopped nuts to give the rolled cake a crunchy texture.

Frosting

Besides chocolate ganache, you can spread on buttercream frosting or more whipped cream. Toppings like dusted powdered-sugar substitute (to mimic snow), chocolate shavings and chopped nuts can be added on top.

Looking down onto a cake that looks like a log with a branch and frosting that looks like bark.

Storage information

To maximize freshness and to keep the cake from drying out, store the sugar-free yule log cake in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If possible, cover it or store in an air tight container.

The cake can be frozen frosted or unfrosted for up to 1 month.

Keto Yule Log: FAQS

My cake cracked. What did I do wrong? What can I do to rescue it?

If your sheet cake cracked when you go to roll the cake, most likely you overbaked the cake. Not to worry. It's easy to cover up cracks in the roulade by just covering the front and sides with ganache. The presentation will still be beautiful and will taste delicious even though you might not have a perfect rolled appearance when sliced through.

My yule log cake when flat when I rolled it. What happened?

If your Yule log looks more like a cow patty rather than a log you would throw on the fire, you probably didn't roll it tight enough or freeze it immediately after rolling. Make sure you roll the cake tightly while using the parchment paper as your guide to press and roll.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Keto Yule Log

Servings: 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 480
Fat 46.6g
Protein 4.1g
Total Carbs 16g
Net Carbs 3g

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