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Making Bûche de Noël

Bûche de Noël (Yule Log)

Virginie Van Der Wees
This delicious and festive cake is a perfect end to any holiday celebration. Whether you're gathering with friends or enjoying a quiet evening with loved ones, a slice of this decadent cake is sure to get you in the warm Christmas spirit.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 6 people


For the Cake

  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Sugar

For the Cream

  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • ¾ cup Dark Chocolate
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 0.07 oz Coffee Extract
  • 1 cup Soft Butter


To Bake the Cake:

  • Separate the whites and yolks of 4 eggs.
  • Beat the egg whites with a mixer.
  • Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F)
  • Mix 4 egg yolks with the sugar and vanilla sugar. When the mixture is creamy, add a whole egg.
  • Mix for a few minutes with a spatula or food processor, and gradually add the flour to the mixture.
  • Lightly add the egg whites.
  • Put a baking paper, lightly buttered, on a rectangular plate, and roll out the dough evenly.
  • Put on a baking sheet in the oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Take the cake out of the oven and turn it over on a cold surface without removing the foil, and cover it with a cloth softened by the steam (it will be easier to roll).

To Make the Buttercream:

  • Melt the sugar in the water over low heat to obtain a thick syrup.
  • Slowly pour the hot syrup over the egg yolks, stirring constantly with a whisk, until completely cool.
  • Add the softened butter and mix to obtain a smooth cream.
  • Divide the preparation in half, flavour one half with coffee extract, and the other half with chocolate melted over a little water.

To Assemble the Log:

  • Remove the baking paper from the cake.
  • Spread with the coffee cream, and roll everything lengthwise.
    Making Bûche de Noël
  • Equalize the ends. The dough, which will remain, will be used to make "knots" for the log decoration.
  • Cover the log with chocolate cream, add the "knots" for the log decoration, and mimic the bark using a fork gently pulled lengthwise. Decorate as you wish.
  • Bon appéitit!


French Lesson Notes:
To beat = monter
Preheat = préchauffer
To mix = mélanger
Keyword Cakes, Chocolate, Christmas Recipe
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