How to Decorate a Bûche de Noël

Decorating a buche de noel can seem to be an intimidating task, but it's actually surprisingly easy. SAVEUR associate food editor Ben Mims shows how to get your rolled sponge cake looking like a real tree with a simple trick.

Buche de Noel (Yule Log Cake with Coffee Buttercream and Ganache)
This version of the traditional French Christmas cake is filled with coffee buttercream and covered in chocolate ganache. See the recipe for Buche de Noel »Todd Coleman

What you'll need

  • A metal bowl
  • A rubber spatula
  • A fork

How to do it:

• Bring heavy cream and honey to a boil
• Pour it over chopped chocolate set in a metal bowl, and allow the mixture to sit for one minute
• Using a rubber spatula, stir the mixture 'til it's smooth and shiny
• Let the chocolate sit for about 6 hours until it's cooled, set, and thick
• Assemble your buche de noel by cutting off one end of your rolled sponge and buttercream and positioning it on the top
• Spread the ganache over surface of the cake, leaving the ends and top exposed
• Run a fork along the length of the ganache so it looks like tree bark
• Dust your meringue mushrooms with cocoa powder, and decorate the cake with meringues and a little gold dust

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