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Buche de Noel

Buche de Noel
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Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Try this easier, lighter version of the traditional chocolate yule log.

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  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • extra cocoa for dusting


Beat eggs on high speed until very thick and lemon-colored. (If eggs are not beaten enough, cake will be heavy and rubbery.) Gradually beat in sugar. On low speed, beat in water and vanilla. Add dry ingredients gradually, beating just until smooth.

Pour into a heavy jelly-roll (10x15-inch) pan lined with greased and floured foil. (Fit foil snuggly into pan.) Bake at 375 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes. Immediately loosen cake from edges of pan and invert onto a clean towel that has been sprinkled with cocoa. Carefully peel foil from cake. Trim edges of cake if necessary. While cake is hot, roll both cake and towel, starting with the narrow end, and place on wire rack, seam side down. Cool for at least 30 minutes.

Filling and frosting:


  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


Whip cream with vanilla and confectioners' sugar. Unroll cooled cake and remove towel. Spread half the filling over cake, being generous at edges. Roll up. Spread remaining whipped cream over the log and sprinkle with cocoa. Decorate with holly sprigs, if desired.
Updated Monday, March 24th, 2003

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One Response to Buche de Noel

  1. Anonymous December 27, 2005 at 10:00 pm #

    This is one awesome recipe! I entered it in a family cook-off, and got an award. By the way, I have never really cooked before, so this recipe is truly great! Try it. It’s easy and tasty!

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