Yule Log: A traditional French bûche de Noël always looks just the right side of cutely enchanting, and there is nothing hard to like about its tender, melting chocolatiness. But I warm to it most of all for the rich pagan symbolism: it is no less than a cake-emulation of the log that the Norsemen would drag home through the streets to burn in celebration of the winter solstice and to honour the gods and hope, thus, to cajole from them a good year to come.

Yule Log

Yule Log: A traditional French bûche de Noël always looks just the right side of cutely enchanting, and there is nothing hard to like about its tender, melting chocolatiness. But I warm to it most of all for the rich pagan symbolism: it is no less than a cake-emulation of the log that the Norsemen would drag home through the streets to burn in celebration of the winter solstice and to honour the gods and hope, thus, to cajole from them a good year to come.

One of my favorite cakes to make during the holiday season is this bûche de nöel. The cake is a holiday tradition for the French made…

Buche de Noel

One of my favorite cakes to make during the holiday season is this bûche de nöel. The cake is a holiday tradition for the French made…

Meringue Mushrooms Recipe - Completely adorable meringue Christmas cookies perfect for decorating holiday cakes like the yule log! (step-by-step photos)

Meringue Mushrooms

Meringue Mushrooms Recipe - Completely adorable meringue Christmas cookies perfect for decorating holiday cakes like the yule log! (step-by-step photos)

This salted caramel Yule log is a good alternative for a Christmas Day dessert but tastes good at anytime of the year.

Salted caramel swiss roll

This salted caramel Yule log is a good alternative for a Christmas Day dessert but tastes good at anytime of the year.

Gingerbread Cookies : Recipe and Inspiration! | not sure about gingerbread, but this would be a perfect tuile biscuit!

Gingerbread Cookies: Recipe and Inspiration!

Gingerbread Cookies : Recipe and Inspiration! | not sure about gingerbread, but this would be a perfect tuile biscuit!

Yule-Log Layer Cake

Yule-Log Layer Cake

Sugarplums aren’t the only visions dancing around here. Serve dessert with a side of glamour at your holiday party or Christmas dinner -- or spoil Santa with a fat slice of cake on the mantel.

Tree stump cake - literally an upended Yule log - recipe & instructions for everything, mushroom meringues, forest floor dirt and moss.

Tree stump cake - literally an upended Yule log - recipe & instructions for everything, mushroom meringues, forest floor dirt and moss.

Make the season a little more jolly with this fun, easy take on the classic holiday Yule Log cake. #holidays

Make the season a little more jolly with this fun, easy take on the classic holiday Yule Log cake. #holidays

This salted caramel Yule log is a good alternative for a Christmas Day dessert but tastes good at anytime of the year.

Salted caramel swiss roll

This salted caramel Yule log is a good alternative for a Christmas Day dessert but tastes good at anytime of the year.

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