The first Christmas yule log cake, or Buche de Noel, recipe was cleverly created in the late 1800s by a French pastry chef looking to replace and pay culinary homage to the original yule log tradition. This new, gastronomic tradition caught on in spectacular fashion, and the Christmas dessert is now celebrated worldwide. This chocolate buche de Noel recipe showcases a light-as-air, vanilla Genoise cake rolled into a cylinder with the richest, homemade chocolate buttercream frosting.
This traditional French Christmas dessert, made from a chocolate sponge cake filled with whipped cream and covered in mocha frosting, is the easiest way to wow your family and friends this holiday season.
Our updated, streamlined version of the classic Bûche de Noël resembles a slender birch branch, adorned with funghi-inspired meringues. Make this Yule log in one (long) afternoon or break up the components and divide the process over a couple of days.