Yule log cupcakes recipe

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makes: 10
Skill: medium
Cost: cheap
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 25 min
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  • With a rich chocolate sponge, a light and creamy chocolate buttercream topping and creamy filling, these yule log cupcakes are the perfect naughty Christmas cupcakes. Taking a traditional yule log and turning it into a cupcake is a great way to transform this traditional Christmas recipe. You can top your cupcakes with a variety of edible decorations. Our cupcake queen, Victoria Threader, made these cakes with chocolate flakes on top and a cute robin.


    • For the cakes:
    • 95g plain flour
    • 20g corn flour
    • ½tsp bicarbonate of soda
    • 25g cocoa powder
    • 50g butter, room temperature
    • 115g dark soft brown sugar
    • 3 medium eggs, beaten
    • 125ml sour cream
    • Chocolate Flake for the logs
    • Icing sugar and white sprinkles to dust
    • For the filling:
    • 300ml double cream
    • 2tsp vanilla extract
    • For the buttercream:
    • 90g dark chocolate
    • 125g softened butter
    • 140g icing sugar
    • 2tsp vanilla extract
    • You will also need:
    • Shop bought Holly and robin decorations
    • Apple corer
    • Large piping bag with a Wilton 1M tip


    • For the cakes:

      1. Pre-heat your oven to 160ºC/325ºF/Gas Mark 3. Line your tray with 10 muffin cases.
      2. Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add the eggs, butter and sour cream and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
      3. Divide the mixture between the cases and bake for 25 mins or until they have risen and spring back when you lightly press the tops. Remove from the tray and leave to cool on a wire rack.

      To make the filling:

      1. Whip the cream up with the vanilla extract until you have stiff peaks.
      2. Using an apple corer, remove the centres from the cakes and add a teaspoon of the whipped cream. Then fill the hole by replacing the piece of sponge.

      For the topping:

      1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave on 20 second burst until smooth.
      2. Put the butter, icing sugar and vanilla into a large mixing bowl and add the cooled melted chocolate.
      3. Beat until smooth and and shiny.
      4. Add the buttercream to a large piping bag with a Wilton 1M tip added and pipe swirls onto the tops of the cupcakes. If you do not have a piping bag, use a palette knife to spread the buttercream.
      5. Add a chocolate Flake and Christmas decorations and dust with icing sugar.

    Top tip for making Yule log cupcakes

    You could use a variety of edible Christmas decorations to decorate your cupcakes

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