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)

Mary Berry’s Christmas Chocolate Log. Perfect alternative dessert to Christmas Pudding. Visit www.redonline.co.uk for full recipe.

Mary Berry’s Christmas Chocolate Log. Perfect alternative dessert to Christmas Pudding. Visit www.redonline.co.uk for full recipe.

This traditional French Christmas dessert, made from a chocolate sponge cake filled with whipped cream and covered in mocha frosting, is the easiest way to wow your family and friends this holiday season.

Buche de Noel

This traditional French Christmas dessert, made from a chocolate sponge cake filled with whipped cream and covered in mocha frosting, is the easiest way to wow your family and friends this holiday season.

The Most Beautiful Yule Log Cakes Christmas Has Ever Known

The Most Beautiful Yule Log Cakes Christmas Has Ever Known

Mary Berry’s Christmas chocolate log This is an easy Yule log with a delicious filling and icing, perfect for the festive season. The apricot jam helps the icing stick to the cake... Serves: 10–12... Preparation:  15 minutes... Cooking: 20 minutes...

Mary Berry’s Christmas chocolate log This is an easy Yule log with a delicious filling and icing, perfect for the festive season. The apricot jam helps the icing stick to the cake... Serves: 10–12... Preparation: 15 minutes... Cooking: 20 minutes...

Mary Berry's Manhattan roulade

Mary Berry's Manhattan roulade

The Yule log, (also known as a bûche de Noël in France and Canada) is a traditional Christmas dessert served around the holiday. Chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting and decorated with chocolate bark.

Yule log (bûche de Noël)

The Yule log, (also known as a bûche de Noël in France and Canada) is a traditional Christmas dessert served around the holiday. Chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting and decorated with chocolate bark.

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