The Best Bûche de Noël Recipe (Yule Log Cake)

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The Best Bûche de Noël Recipe (Yule Log Cake) – The Bûche de Noël cake is a French Christmas tradition that dates back to the 19th century. The cake represents the yule log that families would burn starting on Christmas Eve. The burning of the yule log symbolized the new year to come and would bring good luck to the family. While no one is positive on exactly how the yule log turned into a cake, everyone can agree it’s a delicious tradition we never want to end.

 

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The Best Bûche de Noël Recipe (Yule Log Cake)


  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x

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The Best Bûche de Noël Recipe (Yule Log Cake) – The Bûche de Noël cake is a French Christmas tradition that dates back to the 19th century. The cake represents the yule log that families would burn starting on Christmas Eve. The burning of the yule log symbolized the new year to come and would bring good luck to the family. While no one is positive on exactly how the yule log turned into a cake, everyone can agree it’s a delicious tradition we never want to end.


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Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE
Cooking spray
6 large eggs, separated
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 c. granulated sugar, divided
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
Powdered sugar, for sprinkling

FOR THE FILLING
1 1/4 c. heavy cream
1/4 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. gelatin (optional)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Pinch kosher salt

FOR THE FROSTING AND DECORATING
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar, plus more for garnish
5 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp. heavy cream
Pinch kosher salt
Chocolate curls, for garnish
Cranberries, for garnish
Small rosemary sprigs, for garnish


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper and grease with cooking spray. In a medium bowl mix together flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl beat egg yolks until thick. Slowly add ½ cup sugar and beat until pale then beat in flour mixture.
  3. In another large bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add remaining ¼ cup sugar a little at a time and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into batter in two batches.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Bake until top springs back when lightly pressed, 12 minutes.
  5. Dust a clean kitchen towel with powdered sugar and invert warm cake onto towel. Peel off parchment paper.
  6. Starting at the short end, use the towel to tightly roll cake into a log. Let cool completely.
  7. Make filling: if using gelatin, place 2 tablespoons cold water in a shallow microwave-safe bowl and sprinkle gelatin in an even layer on top. Let bloom for 5 to 10 minutes, then microwave for 10 seconds until gelatin is runny—do not overheat!
  8. In a large bowl, beat together heavy cream, powdered sugar, pure vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt, until medium peaks form. If using gelatin, strain and stream into whipped cream at this point while continuing to beat the cream. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  9. When cake is cool, unroll and spread filling evenly over cake. Roll cake back into a log, using the towel to help create a tight roll. Place seam side down on a baking sheet and refrigerate until well chilled, 1 hour.
  10. Make frosting: In a large bowl beat butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar and cocoa powder and beat until no lumps remain then beat in vanilla, heavy cream, and salt.
  11. When ready to serve, trim ends and frost cake with chocolate buttercream. Dust lightly with powdered sugar and top with chocolate curls. Place cranberries and rosemary on log to create mistletoe.

Keywords: Cake, Log Cakes

Author: Makinze Gore

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