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This vegan yule log is moist and filled with the creamiest chocolate praline ganache! It is chocolatey with notes of caramelized nuts and vanilla, a deliciousness in every bite!

Vegan Chocolate Praline Yule Log

Christmas is right around the corner, and if you haven’t planned your dessert yet, now is the perfect time!

🍰 What is a Yule Log?

A Yule log, or “Bûche de Noël,” is a very popular French dessert served for Christmas. It consists of a sponge cake filled with a chocolate ganache and rolled into a log. It is then coated with a chocolate frosting and decorated to resemble a wood log.

Vegan Chocolate Praline Yule Log

🥣 How to Make This Vegan Yule Log

This plant-based dessert consists of 3 different preparations:

Chocolate Praline Filling

First, we start by preparing the filling, which needs to be refrigerated 30-40 minutes before use.

To make the filling, bring almond milk to a boil and pour it over chopped dark chocolate. Once the chocolate has melted and is combined with the almond milk, stir in the praline paste. You can find our recipe for Praline Paste here.

Vegan Chocolate Praline Yule Log

Once combined, refrigerate the ganache until it has thickened.

A quick tip: As soon as the ganache has a thick Nutella texture, remove it from the refrigerator. You do not want the ganache to harden too much. Otherwise, it will be hard to spread over the sponge cake.

If you want a less sweet and an even nuttier, Nutella-like filling, replace half of the praline with roasted hazelnut butter.

Sponge Cake

Next, the sponge cake!

The batter consists of all-purpose flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, oil, applesauce, and vanilla. Mix everything together until it forms a very thick batter.

Then, for a lighter texture, whip aquafaba into stiff peaks and fold it into the cake batter. Spread the batter into an even rectangle on a baking sheet lined with slightly greased parchment paper. Bake for 9 minutes or until just light golden brown.

Vegan Chocolate Praline Yule Log

To keep moisture and prevent the sponge cake from drying, let it cool between two wet kitchen towels for 20-30 minutes.

While most recipes call for rolling the cake in a towel before adding the filling, we found out there is less cracking when you simply let it cool between two wet towels and then use the bottom layer of parchment paper to help rolling it into a log once filled.

Vegan Chocolate Praline Yule Log

After about 30 minutes, the sponge cake should be at room temperature. It’s time to fill it!

Before spreading the chocolate praline filling over the cake, we highly recommend brushing the cake with a thin layer of syrup.

Note: Brushing the cake with syrup will give it that moist and melty texture. Be careful; you don’t want to soak it completely either, or it might break.

Vegan Chocolate Praline Yule Log

Frosting

Finally, the chocolate frosting will give our log its final look!

Simply bring almond milk to a boil and pour it over chopped dark chocolate. Stir to combine and refrigerate until it has thickened. Keep an eye on it, as again, you don’t want it to harden too much.

Vegan Chocolate Praline Yule Log

To decorate, you can simply frost the yule log using a knife and leave it like that, or use a fork to create a rougher texture.

Before serving, top with your favorite sprinkles or vegan meringues!

Vegan Chocolate Praline Yule Log

💬 FAQ

I don’t have praline paste. What can I use?

Praline paste adds a delicious nutty and caramelized flavor, so I would not recommend using a substitute.

How long will this Yule log keep?

This yule log will keep for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Can I make it gluten-free?

While I haven’t tried it yet, I believe using an all-purpose gluten-free baking flour might work. Let us know if you try!

My cake broke, what happened?

If you over-baked the cake, it will be too dry and might break while rolling it. It can also happen if your cake is too thick. Do not worry. You can hide those cracks with the chocolate frosting!

Note: If you are unsure about the cup measurements, feel free to check out the metric measurements, which are a bit more precise. We would also recommend trying this Yule Log at least once to get you familiar with the process before preparing it for your Christmas lunch/dinner.

Vegan Chocolate Praline Yule Log
Vegan Chocolate Praline Yule Log

This vegan Yule Log makes the perfect Christmas dessert! It is incredibly moist and chocolatey, and the praline takes it to another level by adding delicious notes of caramelized nuts!

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Vegan Chocolate Praline Yule Log
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Recipe
Vegan Chocolate Praline Yule Log

Vegan Chocolate Praline Yule Log

5 from 2 votes
Author: Thomas Pagot
Tender and moist vegan yule log filled with a delicious chocolate praline filling! With notes of caramelized nuts and vanilla, this plant-based dessert is perfect for Christmas!
Prep Time : 1 hour 45 minutes
Cook Time : 9 minutes
Total Time : 1 hour 54 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
 

Syrup

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 tbsp sugar

Cake Roll

  • 1/4 cup aquafaba liquid from a can of cooked chickpeas
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp applesauce
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Praline Filling

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chunks finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup praline paste

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup almond milk or other plant-based milk

Instructions
 

Syrup

  • Add the water and sugar to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 2-3 minutes or until it has slightly thickened. Transfer to a bowl and let cool, the syrup will thicken a bit as it cools down. Set aside.

Chocolate Praline Filling

  • Place the chopped dark chocolate in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Heat the almond milk over medium heat and bring it to a boil. As soon as it comes to a boil, remove from heat and pour it over the chopped dark chocolate. Stir to melt the chocolate.
  • Once the chocolate has fully melted, add the praline paste and stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until it has thickened. It should have the consistency of a thick ganache (a bit thicker than Nutella). Remove from the refrigerator once it has thickened, as you don't want it to harden too much.

Cake Roll

  • Preheat oven to 325°F (165°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slightly grease the parchment paper.
  • Add the aquafaba to a stand-mixer and whip until it reaches stiff peaks, about 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, whisk together the flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch, baking powder, and baking soda. Pour in the almond milk, applesauce, oil, and vanilla, and stir using a wooden spoon until you get a smooth dough. The batter will be very thick, that is normal.
  • Add 1/4 of the whipped aquafaba to the batter and stir using a spatula. Once combined, fold in another 1/4 of the aquafaba into the batter. Fold in the remaining aquafaba and stop as soon as it is fully combined and no white aquafaba part remains.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared baking sheet and carefully spread it into a rectangle of about 13×9-inch (33x23cm). Try to make the thickness as even as possible.
  • Bake the cake for about 9 minutes. You do not want to over-bake it otherwise it will break while rolling and will not be moist. Remove from the oven and transfer the cake (still on the parchment paper, do not flip it) on a clean wet kitchen towel. Dust with powdered sugar and cover with another slightly wet towel. This must be done while the cake is still warm, it will allow the cake to stay moist and rollable. Let the cake cool for 20-30 minutes.
  • Cut off the edges of the cake to get a nice rectangle. Brush the cake with the syrup using a pastry brush. Wait for 1 minute to let the cake absorb it.
  • Filling: Spread the praline chocolate filling all over the cake. Carefully roll the filled cake, using the bottom sheet of parchment paper to help rolling it up. Keep it wrapped in the parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, in the meantime prepare the chocolate frosting.
  • Once the chocolate frosting is ready, cut about 2.5 inches of the cake roll from one end and place it on the side to create a branch. At this point, you can brush the cake with more syrup, this is optional.
  • Frosting: Using a knife or spatula, cover the whole roll with a thin layer of chocolate frosting. Use a knife or fork to create a bark texture. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
  • Top with shaved chocolate or sprinkles before serving!

Chocolate Frosting

  • Add the chopped dark chocolate to a mixing bowl. Bring the almond milk to a boil and immediately pour it over the dark chocolate. Whisk until the dark chocolate has fully melted. Refrigerate 30-60 minutes, or until it has thickened.

Notes

Cake roll recipe adapted from Vegan-Pratique.
Course : Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine : French
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10 Comments

  1. What size baking sheet (dimensions)? This looks seriously good and I want to make for Christmas. Thank you.

    1. Thanks Catherine,
      You want to use a baking sheet slightly larger than 13×9-inch, which will be the size of the roll.

  2. What if I don’t have apple sauce or praline paste? Can I use other substitutes? I don’t like buying ingredients I’ll never use again.

    1. Well, praline is one of the main ingredients of this recipe. You could probably replace it with another nut butter like almond butter for example, but you will have to add 5-6 tbsp of powdered sugar to make up for the lower sugar content. For the applesauce, omit and replace with almond milk and an extra 1/2 tbsp of oil.

  3. Where does the syrup go, i was expecting to see it added to beaten aqua faba, but ive reread and cant see where its mentioned except at end, where its suggested to use ‘more’. Id like to replace praline with chestnut puree.

  4. 5 stars
    I have loved Bûche de Noël since my childhood. This one was amazing, all of the family loved it, including the kids. Thanks!