Yule Log Cake Recipe
This yule log cake recipe is one of the simplest ways to make a luscious, rich bûche de Noël at Christmas time. Fashioned to look like a yule log, a bûche de Noël is most times just a jelly roll dressed up for the holidays.
If you come to France in December, you will find people eating many different sorts of this "classic" dessert (which is actually a fairly modern take on the French yule log tradition).
These days in France you can find a yule log cake recipe in any flavor that might suit your fancy. There have even been chefs that have dreamed up savory bûche de Noëls, served as an entree, but a more down to earth yule log cake recipe might use:
My Yule Log Cake Recipe
I made quite a few bûche de Noëls, testing which would be the best yule log cake recipe to share with you. One I made had French buttercream frosting, but although this was absolutely delicious, it was just too rich I believe.
So here's my compromise: an easy (don't be afraid, you can do it) genoise cake with very easy chocolate buttercream frosting, which I find more digestable then the French version. You'll need a jelly roll pan to successfully make this yule log cake recipe.
Bûche de Noël
Prep time: 40 minutes with assembly
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
DirectionsWhip the butter in your mixer until is is light and creamy. Sift together the sugar, cocoa and salt and add this to the butter. Beat until well mixed then add the vanilla and buttermilk. Beat until very smooth. This makes just the right amount of buttercream for the yule log cake recipe above.
2009. I was so pleased that a reader sent me a photo of their Yule cake. She used the above recipe, but as you can see, she fancied it up very nicely with some meringue mushrooms, a traditional French decoration. Bravo chère lectrice.
2010. Maybe this will become a whole photo gallery! Here is the recipe as interpreted by Peter Marshall, who by the way, has an excellent website about formal dressing for men: blacktieguide.com. (My son said "Wow, did you take that?" when he saw the photo. Oh well!)
2011. Yahoo, the tradition continues. This reader added a lot of meringue mushrooms - I bet the kids just loved it!
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