The History of the Yule Log (Cake)

The History of the Yule Log (Cake)

The History of the Yule Log (Cake)

  To learn a little more about the history of the Yule log we need to go way back to the Iron Age, before the medieval era. The Yule log was originally an entire tree that was chosen carefully by families and brought back to the house on Christmas Eve. The Christmas tradition involved placing the log into the fire hearth, a blessing was said over it and then wine was poured on to the log to make it feel welcome and to anoint it. The Yule log was then lit with a torch made from the remaining piece of wood from the previous year’s bark. The log was kept burning throughout the twelve days of Christmas.

 

 

 

Some believe that this was done to cleanse the air of the previous year’s events and to usher in the spring. Other’s assumed that the sun stood still for the last twelve days of December, which is why the days grew shorter and shorter. So they trusted that if they could keep the Yule log burning bright for those twelve days, the sun would be persuaded to move again. Hence, if the Yule Log went out, it meant there would be terrible luck. For Christians, the Yule log symbolised the need to keep the stable warm for the Infant Christ.    

 

Once burned down, the ashes were valuable and said to have medicinal benefits and powers that could ward off evil. This Christmas tradition continued, however on a much smaller scale. Families continued to burn logs on Christmas Eve, mostly to keep warm, but since houses had smaller fireplaces, burning huge logs was an impossible task. Small hearths were, however, ideal for baking cakes, this could be how the Yule log cake came about but we’re still not quite sure where the Yule log cake originated but we do know it’s a very popular Christmas dessert today.  

Our Yule log cake at Cakes Today is an exquisite creation of a rolled chocolate sponge, filled with chocolate cream and black cherry jam and frosted with more delicious chocolate cream. The cake is dusted with powdered sugar, resembling snow and decorated with all sorts of Christmas ornaments. A spectacular looking cake that tastes great too!

 

 

To receive your very own Yule log cake right to your doorstep today, place an order on our website or give us a call on 020 3974 2496. So whether you’re throwing a very merry Christmas party for your friends and family, or want to pass on the Christmas spirit to someone special, we can have this scrumptious cake delivered anywhere in London and Greater London.

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