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Buche de Noel

Last year I got all crazy on Christmas Day dinner and made a huge meal. It took all day, I got cranky, the rib roast got smokey, everyone filled up on appetizers and the homemade “crackers” blew confetti in the horseradish(oh. the. horrors.). This year, like I said, I hit the easy button. I declared it a cooking free day and told everyone to bring appetizers. It was a smashing success and I spent the day munching fantastic hors d’oeuvres instead of galloping around yelling at people to not touch the table. This may become a tradition of mine at least while i have little kids because I actually got to spend the day with them not just in the vicinity of them.

The one thing I made last year that I decided to repeat was the Buche de Noel or Yule Log. It’s an extremely flat cake that you roll up while it’s still warm and let it cool. Then you fill it with frosting or whipped cream, frost it, add a branch and some meringue mushrooms. I skipped the meringue mushrooms because I just did not have that kind of time, I used a bit of white frosting to make a few mushrooms and dusted them with cocoa powder. It’s actually pretty easy to whip one of these up ahead of time and they look kind of impressive. I’ll be making one for a friend for her birthday in late January too, yes Lori I’m talking to you, so you can definitely make these NOT look like a piece of firewood and just make a plain jellyroll. Impressive either way, delicious too.

Buche de Noel
part one-
chocolate jelly roll cake
1/2 cup cake flour, sifted
1/4 cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

line a jelly roll pan, 11×17(ish) baking pan, with wax paper and then grease it
sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt together, set aside
beat the eggs until fluffy
add the sugar slowly and beat until very light and thick
beat in the vanilla
fold in the flour
pour into the prepared pan, spread evenly
bake 8-9 minutes, watch out for over cooking you don’t want crisp edges
after it comes out of the oven let it set for a minute
dust a clean dish towel with confectioners sugar
flip the cake upside down on the towel
starting from the short end roll the cake with the towel to keep it from sticking
leave it to cool overnight, I like to wrap it lightly in a plastic wrap to keep t from drying out too much
to frost: you can fill it with real whipped cream(YES!) or this fantastic butter cream recipe below (YES!!)
gently unroll the cake, do not flatten the edges or force it flat simply unroll it enough to get the dish towel out
fill with your desired filling smoothing to the edges
re-roll it and set it seam side down on a cake plate or serving tray
trim one end off to form a branch, set it someplace strategic along the log
frost with the chocolate butter cream, covering it completely
then take a fork and drag it along to simulate bark
add mushrooms if desired
I made the frosting mushrooms with a ziploc and some crappy store bought cream cheese frosting
I just cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and drew on some lines
then I cut the same hole bigger and made some mounds of frosting
then I smoothed them with a finger dipped in water and dusted them with cocoa powder
I think they looked OK but next year I will be making the meringue mushrooms for sure

part two-
Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting
2/3 cup of softened butter
5 1/4 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
6-8 Tablespoons heavy cream

cream the butter
add the sugar and cocoa, beat well
add the cream slowly and mix on low
add just enough to make it a spreading consistency
don’t beat the frosting too long or hard or it will separate and turn out grainy

Kami all decked out for Christmas

Before kids


Anybody else keeping the magic alive? Is it still the season for you? We are dining by candle light, still crafting, telling the story of Befana/Baboushka and playing games. Our season of joy is living on, we refuse to only enjoy one day and we still have until the sixth. In fact we all do! So while Walmart drags out the Valentines and Easter candy why don’t you join us in boycotting the “what comes next mentality” and enjoy the here and now? We’d love some company.

Peace and Love,

laura sampson

About Laura

Laura is on a mission to teach modern family oriented women how to make old-fashioned foods new again. A wife and mom of 3 boys, Laura understands the struggles of trying to serve a home-cooked meal each night. She provides recipes and cooking hacks for busy moms to create dishes they may think take more time or skill than they have to make. Read more...

9 thoughts on “Buche de Noel”

  1. OMg Laura yours looks SO GOOD! I've seen a lot on food network this year and yours looks the most realistic! Awesome job!

    I still have all my Xmas stuff up. We had to go to the store the other day and I groaned to my mom "oh great they'll have Valentine's up now" so I'll be happy to boycott the "what's next" mentality. I HATE that! It's months and months of Xmas and then literally the day after it's cleared out like it didn't even matter. I need the slow die down, personally.

  2. Yeah Michelle and Christina!! Ignore Valentines day. Michelle we just made our gingerbread train today and will be posting pictures of it tonight, yup we got a little crazy ๐Ÿ™‚

    And Christina!! Thanks so much I appreciate your lovely comments on my log, mah lohg! I love to make these things they are so easy and impressive!

  3. Wow, quite an impressive yule log! This year the closest I got to a yule log was watching it on TV.

    Is that the very beautiful yet infamous bubble gum chewing dog?

  4. Amanda yes that is the beautiful gum chewing dog she never did blow bubbles though. Got offended and swallowed it I think ๐Ÿ™‚
    Glad you like mah log HA!

  5. We always keep all the decorations and the tree up until Jan 6. I stopped at the market tonight and the Xmas stuff was gone and the store was all decked out in Super Bowl decor. Ugh!

    Anway, I just stopped by to wish you and yours a very Happy New Year. I hope that 2010 brings you much joy, peace and prosperity! Take care.

  6. I dragged out my christmas visiting and had a difficult time visiting all the other blogs, so now I'm catching up. Hanging out with family is always cool.


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