Bûche de Noël
Bûche de Noël (also called a Yule log) is a traditional Christmas dessert originating in France in the 19th Century. The cake is made of yellow spongecake and chocolate buttercream, but chocolate cake, ganache, and espresso liquor can also be used for variations. The cake is supposed to represent a log, and when it’s served, the end portion is supposed to be cut to resemble a chopped branch. Fork tines are used to drag through the frosting to represent bark and powdered sugar is used to represent snow. Berries, acorns and mushrooms can also be added (made of marzipan or merinque).
If you are feeling ambitious, you might want to give this dessert a try and wow your guests on Christmas. I’ve wanted to try it for years, and might give it a shot this year (I am feeling quite ambitious with Christmas desserts I want to make this year)!
There’s a variety of recipes available, but I like this one from Martha Stewart.