Bûche de Noël

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By James Peterson

Published 2009

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A bûche de noël, literally a Christmas log, is an elaborate rolled cake decorated with chocolate buttercream to look like a log. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. Meringue mushrooms are a classic decoration for this dessert; you can also use marzipan leaves, berries, and stems.



Cut the ends off the rolled cake (the log) at an angle and attach them to the sides of the log with buttercream so they look like branches on the side of the log. Coat the log with buttercream, then use a metal spatula to make lengthwise streaks to simulate bark. Arrange the meringue mushrooms on the log. Decorate with marzipan leaves, berries, and stems.

Assembling a bûche de noël</