Bûche de Noël Cake

0 comments Posted on December 23, 2021

by Susan G Mathis

The Yule log custom has been replaced by a log-shaped cake called Bûche de Noël. The name Bûche de Noël originally referred to the Yule Log itself but was transferred to the dessert after the custom had fallen out of use during the first half of the 20th century. By 1945, Bûche de Noël referred to the cake.

A Yule Log cake (or Bûche de Noël) is a traditional dessert served at Christmas, especially in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Lebanon, Catalonia and the United Kingdom. It’s made of sponge cake to resemble a miniature actual Yule Log.

The original Yule Log recipe emerged during the 19th century. It is traditionally a yellow sponge cake baked in a large, shallow Swiss roll pan, iced with chocolate buttercream, rolled to form a cylinder, and iced again on the outside. Often the icing is flavored with liquors or espresso.

Yule logs are often served with one end cut off and set atop the cake, or protruding from its side, to resemble a chopped off branch. Dragging a fork through the icing produces a bark-like texture, and sprinkled with powdered sugar to look like snow. Other decorations may include actual berries or tree branches and even mushrooms made of marzipan. Try it this Christmas, and start a new tradition.

In Sara’s Surprise, a Bûche de Noël cake became a special Yule Log wedding cake. For Sara, it was the perfect cake for her Christmas wedding. But where did the Yule Log tradition come from? Check out www.SusanGMathis.com/fiction for more.


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