Bûche de Noël ( Yule Log Cake): 4 Secrets To Bake This French Christmas Tradition At Home

Get ready to ring the bells, sing Christmas carols, and enjoy yummy yule log cake. It’s perfect way to celebrate this festival of hopes and tradition. Yule log cake is one of those Christmas traditions that has history since medieval times. But, it’s not easy to bake this perfect delight as it involves lot of wrapping.

You can’t bake it correct if you don’t know the basics. Don’t worry, we have got you covered all the basics of traditional Bûche de Noël cake.

Basics Of French Christmas Tradition ” Yule Log Cake”

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No matter what cake you bake, texture is something that’s the first basic to get right. The yule log cake has a soft spongy texture that is hard to achieve and even harder as no butter or oil goes into it.

Another secret of this French cake is its unique flavor that comes from fresh cocoa, chocolate ganache, and hazelnut whipped cream. But the hardest part is the assembly as not everyone can perfectly roll a cake.

So, you will find it quite intimidating and may make mistakes. Don’t worry just use the right equipment and follow the instructions correctly. It would take a lot of time so don’t bake it in rush.

Here’s the four steps described in detail so that you don’t go wrong anywhere.

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4 Steps To Bake Yule Log Cake

Sponge Cake-

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  • Eggs- 6
  • All-purpose flour- half cup
  • Cocoa powder- quarter cup
  • Sugar- 1 cup
  • Kosher salt- 1/4 tsp
  • Baking powder- 1 tsp
  • Vanilla extract- 1 and a half tspn
  • Vegetable oil- 2 tsps

Mix all the dry ingredients except eggs in a large bowl. Add some baking soda to make the cake nice and fluffy.

Separately whip the egg whites and yolks. Add vanilla extract , oil, and sugar to the egg yolks and whip until it gets thick. Transfer the egg white mix into the yolks and then to the cake batter. Now transfer it to a cake pan and bake at 350 degree in preheated oven.

[Tip: Dip the eggs in warm water for few minutes to get more volume while whisking]

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Shape The Cake

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Once the yule log cake is baked, get ready for the tough task of rolling. Begin with dusting a kitchen towel with sugar(powdered). You can even use a parchment paper for rolling.

Flip the bake cake onto the paper or towel whichever you are using and tightly roll it. Leave for cooling and meanwhile make the cake filling.

Prepare The Whipped Filling

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  • Cold heavy cream- 1 cup or 240 ml
  • Powdered sugar- 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
  • Kosher salt
  • Gelatin- 2 tsp

Gelatin is completely optional but if you are using it then keep microwave the gelatin powder in the cold water for 5 minutes.

Whip the other ingredients in a bowl and then add gelatin. Mix well and put in the refrigerator.

Unroll the yule log cake and fill the whipped cream evenly. Roll back the cake with the help of towel and again refrigerate it to set in the shape.

Make Frosting

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  • Butter- half cup
  • vanilla extract- 1 tsp
  • Powdered sugar- 1 and a half cup
  • Cocoa powder- 5 tbsp
  • Heavy cream- 3 tbsp
  • Chocolate curls and cranberries

Beat the butter and then dry ingredients. Later add the remaining ingredients like cream and vanilla.

Spread the frosting on the yule log cake and give it the real texture of log using a fork. Garnish with cranberries and chocolate curls. Dust with sugar and it’s done.

Surprise everyone with this Christmas delight and enjoy it together. You can even bake this cake one week ahead of Christmas eve and decorate freshly at the time of celebration.

Bake It Right and keep the tradition alive !!!

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