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Spanish Recipes: Christmas Log

Spanish recipes: Christmas log
Written by Paula

El tronco de Navidad, or Christmas log is a dessert that is eaten during Christmas season in several countries in Europe.

The dessert was actually created in France during the nineteenth-century, having later spread to countries. ShBarcelona shares the recipe for this delicious Christmas log.

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How to make a Christmas Log

The Spanish Christmas log recipe

The Christmas log is like a Spanish Christmas cake and it is part of the Spanish Christmas (a very yummy part!), which is why we are sharing its recipe with you today.

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Here are the ingredients you will need to prepare your very own Christmas log:

Ingredients for the cake:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 80 g of sugar
  • A bit of lemon zest
  • 80 g of flour
ingredients for cake

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Ingredients for the filling:

  • 400 g of frosting chocolate
  • 250 g of butter
  • 150 of sugar
  • 1 spoonful of rum
dark chocolate with spoon

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Related article: A Traditional Catalan Christmas Dinner – How to Celebrate Christmas

How to prepare this Catalan Christmas log

Start by mixing the egg yolks, the sugar and the lemon zest until it forms a cream. Add the flour and keep on mixing. 

Now take another bowl and whip the egg whites until they become fluffy, then slowly add them to the cream you have prepared before.

Place some cooking paper on an oven tray and carefully pour the mix, which should take the rectangular shape of the tray. Place it inside a pre-heated oven at 200oC for 15 minutes. After that, remove the tray from the oven and let it cool off for 2 minutes.

making the cake mix

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Now you need more cooking paper, enough so you can place the cooked batter on it, face down. Do this process carefully, so the cake doesn’t crumble. Remove the cooking paper from that had been previously used from the bottom of the cake.

Now roll the cake and let it cool down. Now, melt the chocolate over water. Melt the butter, then mix it with sugar and the rum.

When the mix is ready, pour it into the recipient containing the melted chocolate. Mix it all.

catalan christmas log

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Now it’s time to open up the cake again. Unroll it slowly, then cover the top with the chocolate mix – but remember to set some aside, because you are going to have to decorate the log on the outside.

When the whole surface of the cake is covered with chocolate, slowly roll it closed again. Now, cover the rolled cake with chocolate. You can create shapes and drawings using a fork that you can drag across the frosting.

You can add some glass sugar and decorations on top to make it nicer. Keep the log in the fridge, removing it only when it’s about the be eaten. Enjoy!

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Have you ever made this yule log cake or Catalan Christmas log?
Tell us if you made any adjustments in the recipe!

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Paula is an experienced content writer, translator and editor.

1 Comment

  • Hi Paula,

    In the ingredient section you mention 4eggs and 2 egg yolks, however in the directions you said to whipped the egg whites. Are the 4 eggs mentioned in the ingredients section should read 4 egg white instead? Please clarify and thank you for sharing your recipe.

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