The earliest recipes for the yule log cakes date back to the 17th century, making this one of the longest running Christmas food traditions. As a centerpiece to your holiday dessert table, the Bûche de Noël ( (BOOSH duh noh-EHL) is simply and uttterly magical. Adorned with handmade meringue mushrooms, it’s like something out of a chocolate Christmas fantasy world.
So, why a “yule log,” then ?
Prior to medieval times, families and villages gathered on the winter solstice to burn an actual log adorned in holly, pinecones and ivy, and anointed with wine and salt. This was done to usher in Spring, and to cleanse the air of the past year’s events. (Out with the old—in with the cake, we say!)
As the tradition made its way into Christianity, the term “yule log” became more associated with a Swiss roll style of sponge cake shaped like a log, covered in bark-textured chocolate buttercream, and adorned with marzipan and meringue decorations. Popularized by the bakers of Paris in the 1800’s, Bûche de Noël is the French name for this famous log-shaped Christmas cake.
Celebrate the season, the coming of longer days and a happy new year with our Bûche de Noël as the centerpiece of your Christmas dinner! Order one today.