This French Buche De Noel is sure to be a stunning showpiece dessert for your Christmas or holiday party this year. This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market. I made and photographed this recipe for their blog, Discover by World Market.
Ever since I was a little kid we have always made a French Buche De Noel (or Yule Log cake) for Christmas. I loved helping decorate it with little mushrooms, trees, pine cones. Whatever we decided to decorate it with. We always ate it for dessert on Christmas day. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but even more delicious to eat.
The original Yule log recipe emerged during the 19th century. It is traditionally made from a genoise, or flourless cake, generally baked in a large, shallow sheet pan, frosted or filled, rolled to form a cylinder, and frisred again on the outside. The most common combination is basic yellow sponge cake and chocolate buttercream, though many variations which include chocolate cake, ganache, and icings flavored with espresso or liqueurs exist. I am a huge fan of chocolate genoise with a mocha buttercream or mousse filling and a chocolate frosting.
Buche de Noel or Yule log cakes are often served with one end cut off and set atop the cake, or protruding from its side to resemble a chopped off branch. A bark-like texture is often produced by dragging a fork through the icing, and powdered sugar sprinkled to resemble snow. Other cake decorations may include actual tree branches, fresh berries, and mushrooms made of meringue. I have made pine cones out of marzipan for decorations before. Roll a small tear dropped shape ball of marzipan, carefully stick almond slices in the sides then dipped in chocolate. They look very realistic yet are 100% edible!
If you have been wanting to make a French Buche De Noel and have been too intimidated to do so, don’t be!! I shared this recipe ( super easy) and lots of step by step instructions over on Discover – a blog by World Market to make this yule log cake. It is a few steps, but it really is easy to make and is beyond impressive once fully assembled and decorated. If you do make it, come back here and let me know!!