The stump de Noël, a Christmas holiday Pièce de Résistance, is the baked interpretation of the infamous Bûche de Noël, ubiquitous in France. Our stump is every bit as alluring as a classic bûche, though we played with a few of the elements to make it more distinctly Baked. Our stump is an allusion to our fondness for woodland creatures, and it can be iced and finished to reflect the dinner: tongue-in-cheek, realistic, or slightly menacing. Traditionally, the bûche consists of a springy yellow sponge filled with chocolate buttercream. I made the sponge cake slightly less spongy, and the filling is chock-full of our favorite flavor, malt. I even added a little texture with crushed malt balls. Obviously, this is a slightly showy, purely holidayesque affair, but don’t be afraid to make it whenever you damn well please.