Bûche de Noël is the French term for Yule log cake, that traditional Christmas dessert shaped like a tree trunk. Why is it shaped like a tree trunk? The story goes back to Medieval times, when families would burn logs to rid themselves of the year’s negativities and start the new year fresh. At some point, that ceremony was memorialized in yellow sponge cake rolled and frosted with chocolate buttercream.
Yule log cakes also look like…yule logs. Which is the point, of course, but it’s not so pretty. These days, talented pastry chefs are reinterpreting this cake with various colors, exotic fillings and extravagant designs. Here are some of their modern takes on this Christmas classic dessert.
Learn how to make your own Bûche de Noël and other holiday sweets: