serves / makes 8
12 prep time
12 mins cooking time


It’s my Dad’s birthday in December and I always end up making him a Christmas cake rather than a traditional birthday cake – thankfully he doesn’t seem to mind! This year I decided to make him a Yule Log – gluten and dairy free so I could enjoy it as well!

I dusted with a little icing sugar and some Christmas decorations to make it more festive.




For the swiss roll:

  • 6 eggs
  • 230g caster sugar
  • 130g gluten free plain flour
  • 20g dairy and gluten free cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum

For the Chocolate Buttercream:

  • 210g icing sugar
  • 40g gluten and dairy free cocoa powder
  • 125g dairy free spread


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 oC
  2. Beat together the caster sugar and eggs until light and fluffy
  3. Stir in the gluten free flour, cocoa powder, water and xanthan gum
  4. Pour into a shallow swiss roll tin about 13″ long
  5. Bake in the centre of the oven for 10-12 minutes
  6. Remove from the oven and trim about 1 cm off all the edges
  7. Place on a piece of baking paper and roll up
  8. Leave to cool
  9. Beat together the icing sugar, cocoa powder and dairy free spread until light and creamy
  10. Unwrap the cake and spread half on the chocolate buttercream
  11. Roll up the cake and top with he the rest of the buttercream

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