Bake a Yule Log Cake - recipes & frosting
Have a Yule Cake as the Highlight of your Holiday Party
When I was a little girl, I pointed to a picture one day in my mother's Sunset magazine cookbook and said, "Mommy, I want you to make THAT!" And I pointed to a picture of the yule log cake. It was a roll cake made to look like a fallen log in the woods, with little mushrooms growing off of it (meringue) and a light dusting of snow (powdered sugar) across its bark (chocolate frosting).
Doesn't that sound just great? If you're not convinced, try staring at the picture here for a little bit.... (you're getting hungry.... for yule log cake...)
Here are some great recipes and variations for baking your own delicious Yule Log Cake! This is definitely a project that you can't leave until the last minute so be prepared to fix this the day before and even consider making one just for the immediate family as a practice run before you try to bake one for the big holiday event.
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Yule Log Cake Recipes
- Making a Yule Log Cake
This time you will be guided through your yule log cake baking by Pastry Chef Jean Francois Houdre
- Chocolate-Almond Yule Log Recipe
A delicious and festive holiday treat that's guaranteed to delight from the kids to the grandparents this winter season.
- Chocolate Decadence Yule Log - Allrecipes
A totally decadent holiday classic! This cake rolls up similarly to a jelly roll and then you get to decorate it to look like a genuine log.
- Gluten-Free Vegetarian French Yule Log Recipe
The ultimate, alternative Yule Log cake recipe, from the Daring Baker Challenge.
- Grandma's Yule Log Recipes
Yummy traditional yule log recipe, a perfect dessert for your Christmas Eve dinner or Winter Solstice celebration.
- Spicy Yule Log Recipe - bFeedMe
A slightly different variation on the yule log cake for you non-traditionalists. You will be the apple of your guests eyes with this one, trust me!
Decorating Your Yule Log Cake
Buche de Noel
Creating The Frosting Effects
Here are some suggestions to help you with the frosting effects found on a yule log cake. Some variations can be extremely realistic looking, while others are more cake-like in appearance. How elaborate a cake you bake is up to you.
Tree Bark - The rough texture of tree bark is often simulated by dragging a fork or a knife over the frosted cake. You can also pipe darker brown grain onto a frosted log roll. Don't try to do perfectly straight lines or markings. You get a better effect by having them be slightly crooked and wavy.
Smalls bits of extra cake can be frosted over to make little branches that stick out from the main trunk. If your branch knobs won't stay in place, try using some toothpicks to anchor them and then frost over everything. You can even carve a heart and initials in your log cake frosting if you use the tip of a bamboo skewer.
Leaves - These can be made from frosting, or they can be very thin jelly candies with a little frosting piped on to make veins, or you can go all out and craft them from marzipan.
Ivy - Carefully washing a piece of dwarf ivy, you can then lay this on top of the finished cake. As this is a non-edible decoration, be sure to remove this before serving. You can also make ivy by piping frosting on the log. Use a circular tip for the vine part, and then switch to a wider, flat nozzle for leaves.
Snow - A light dusting of snow can be easily added by sprinkling powdered sugar over the frosting at the very end. If you don't have a powdered sugar sprinkler, you can put some into a small strainer and gently tap it with a spoon to create the same effect. Shake out just enough so that where the sugar lands naturally on the top of the log forms a thin solid layer.
Mushrooms - these are often a fun addition to a Yule Log cake, and they are crafted from meringue and baked separately. These often get cocoa dusted over them to make them look more like fungi.
See A Yule Log Cake Being Made
More Recipes for La Bûche de Noël
- The Tradition of the Yule Log
This lens has links to the history of the Yule Log, recipes for how to bake Yule Log Cakes, a video Yule Log to download for your iPod and much more!
- Recipes: A Buche De Noel
A Buche De Noel -- French Yule Log Cake recipe. Recipe from RecipeLand.com.
- Do the Yule Log Roll - A Mighty Appetite
this log called for a snow-white meringue, filled with mascarpone cheese, a spreadable, adaptable Italian "cream" cheese. Yum!
- Chestnut Yule Log - Gluten Free
This yummy yule log variation is just the thing for people who need a wheat-free option!
- Buche de Noel, gluten free naturally
A great gluten-free chocolate roulade (roll cake) from Kate the Bake