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:
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.
Prep time: 40 minutes with assembly
Bake time: 10 min
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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