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Aiming to impress this holiday season? Look no further than recipe developer (and author of The Book on Pie) Erin McDowell’s updated version of the classic French bûche de Noël. It’s the sweetest Christmas Yule log we’ve ever seen.
“Bûche de Noël is a classic holiday cake that’s made with a rolled sponge cake," McDowell tells us. "When you slice into the soft, moist cake, you reveal the beautiful spiral inside.” The key to a successful spiral is to roll the cake right out of the oven and let it cool while still rolled. That way, it won’t rip or tear later, even when filled.
To give it a wintry look, this Yule log is topped with meringue “snow,” and if you really want to go all out, you can make miniature meringue-and-raspberry mushrooms to decorate it. Short on time? Swap for something simple like chocolate shavings, or skip the homemade decor altogether. (You could also use store-bought frosting for your “snow.”)
Sure, this is definitely a baking project…but we all have a little extra time at home these days, right? It will all be worth it when you take your first bite.
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