Buche de Noel Recipe: The easy way

Christmas is not far away and you might be wondering what to prepare for the special occasion, right? Why not try the traditional Buche De Noel recipe? Before going into the details of the recipe, let us get a brief.

What is it all about?

Buche de Noel is basically a Christmas cake, which is shaped like a wooden log. It is no doubt a heavenly chocolate cake that is rolled with thick whipped cream of chocolate. In respect to the traditional, Buche de Noel is adorned with white sugar so that it resembles snow on a Yule log.

The history behind the dessert

The Buche de Noel history dates back to the 19th century. It is basically a dessert that is served during the Christmas, especially in countries in France and Belgium. Buche in English is the French name for Christmas cake.

It is more of a sponge cake that appears similar to the miniature form of the Christmas Yule log, in the form of a sweet roulade. In the olden days, it was made in a large, shallow Swiss roll pan and iced to form the cylindrical shape. Chocolate butter cream and yellow sponge cake were the most common combination for the traditional Buche de Noel recipe.

Decoration is given prime importance

Today, you will come across several other variations like ganache, chocolate cake, flavored icings with espresso and other liqueres as customized. The Yule log cake is served usually with one cut off ends and set the top of the cake, resembling of a chopped off branch. Fresh berries, meringue mushrooms and powdered snow are used for decorations.

buche-de-noel-recipe, Photo via Flickr

buche-de-noel-recipe, Photo via Flickr

The recipe

Ingredients required for the chocolate Yule cake recipe:

Rolled biscuit

  • Sugar-100g
  • Eggs-4
  • Flour-50g
  • Cocoa powder-20g
  • Maizena-40g


  • Chocolate-200g
  • Whole cream-20cl
  • Butter (unsalted) -30g


  • Nougat
  • Chestnut
  • Fresh fruits can also be used

Preparation of the Yule log recipe:

Beat the egg white with sugar and gradually start adding the yolks, flour and the cocoa powder. Pour the smooth mixture into a sponge sheet and cook for not more than 8 minutes in an 180 degree preheated oven. Unmold the batter and gently roll it in a cloth and let it cool.

In the meantime, you should melt the chocolate with butter and add the whipped cream. Keep stirring and make a smooth chocolate mousse. Spread it over the cake and sprinkle with fresh fruits like raspberries or nougats and chestnuts. Refrigerate some of the mousse and serve it into pieces over the dessert.

From the above explanation, hopefully it is clear what is Buche. If you want, you can also opt for the Yule log cake order online and enjoy the delicious dessert.




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