These cute Mini Yule Log Cakes are an easy no-bake dessert for Solstice, Christmas, or winter in general. Use simple ingredients available in any store to make these little Buche de Noel.
Aren’t these the cutest little yule logs you’ve ever seen?? They look a lot like their larger counterparts, but they don’t require a lot of work. Or baking even.
Easy Mini Yule Log Cakes
I don’t know where you all live but up here in Alaska we LOVE Winter Solstice. it’s the time for a roaring bonfire, good friends, cold beer, and tasty food! I know what I’m taking to the Solstice party this year, a sweet solstice dessert.
They’re not JUST for Solstice, they’d be so fun for individual desserts for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Or even News Years Eve!
What are the Yule Logs?
The thing is the traditional Yule Log was supposed to burn for 12 days, that means you’ve got a lot of days to work with. Pick one, make these little Yule Log Cakes desserts, and have your own modern yule log.
These Mini Yule Log Cakes are fun to make and require ZERO oven time. Start with Little Debbie’s Swiss Rolls, cut them, and add a dab of frosting to the branch. Make a few lines for bark on the top and you’re almost done.
The mushrooms are just mini marshmallows cut, rolled, and dusted with cocoa powder. One more easy step that makes these Mini Yule Logs just over the top cute.
And you can get all these ingredients right at the store! That’s the part I like the best, easy to get ingredients.
And don’t worry I’ve included step by step directions and photos in the recipe down below. That makes it even easier for you.
One of the hard parts of making a large Yule Log or swiss roll is that you have to roll a cake in a spiral and hope it doesn’t split. I’ve done plenty of those, like this Pumpkin Spice Cake Roll or the Carrot Cake Roll, if you’re interested pop on over and check them out.
If rolling a hot cake up in a dish towel intimidates you then these little Solstice Desserts are perfect for you. Making these with Little Debbie Swiss Rolls means no rolling a cake! Hallelujah!
And if you’re buying little swiss rolls anyway why not whip up these adorable Santa’s Reindeer Candy Treats from Creative Cyncronicity? Aren’t they CUTE?!
Would you share these Yule Log Cakes? I’d appreciate it!
- 2 double packs of Little Debbie Swiss Rolls
- Chocolate Frosting
- Mini Marshmallows
- Cocoa Powder
- run a cup full of hot water, the swiss rolls cut nicely with a hot knife
- soak a paring knife in the hot water
- open the swiss rolls, with the hot knife cut one on the diagonal to make three little branches for your log
- if the chocolate breaks a little that's ok because you're going to add a tiny bit for bark in the next couple steps
- dab a little frosting on the cut end and stick it to one of the branches, repeat with all three branches
- spread a small amount of frosting on the top of the swiss rolls and their little branch as well
- use a fork to draw lines for bark, this is quick and easy, don't make it perfect, trees are seldom perfect
- set your logs on a baking sheet or plates if you're ready to serve them up
- cut mini-marshmallows into 1/3 and 2/3rd pieces
- roll the smaller piece into the stem and stick it to the cut end of the larger piece
- repeat making as many mini-marshmallows as you'd like, prefer 2-3 per yule log
- once they're done use a clean paintbrush to flick cocoa powder over the mushrooms
- affix to the logs with a small amount of chocolate frosting
- if you're planning to serve them later simply lightly cover with plastic wrap or foil
- if you add greens to the plate be sure to let your guests know it's not edible