A Cake Just for Christmas – Buche de Noel – Yule log

Yule LogThe rich yet delicate bûche de Noël (Yule log) is one of those desserts that make a frequent appearance around Christmas, and it is most popular in France and in places that bear French influence. The bûche de Noël consists of a sponge cake rolled to look like a log and iced with chocolate buttercream or ganache.

Most Yule logs will be presented so that they look like tree limbs that have been chopped off, and some bakers will even cut off a portion of the roll and arrange it to make it look as if the limb has a bit of a branch attached to it. Cake decorators take great pains to create a bark like effect on the log’s icing, and it is not unusual to see the cake garnished with white frosting or powdered sugar to resemble snow. [Read more…]

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