Today: Welcome in the holiday season with this traditional French cake.
There are just about a million ways to make the traditional log-shaped Christmas cake, a Bûche de Nöel, but they all have three main components: cake, filling, and frosting. (They actually have four components, if you count all of the fun bits and bobs you can use for decoration.)
This version utilizes a flourless chocolate cake -- which makes it gluten-free! -- from famed pastry chef Dominique Ansel (yes, the cronut guy is actually a fantastic pastry chef). He used to make mini Bûches de Nöel for all of the diners at Daniel Boulud's eponymous restaurant around the holidays.
Inside, you'll find a simple coffee and mascarpone cream flecked with vanilla beans and finally, the whole thing is coated with rich chocolateRead More »from How to Make Buche De Noel (Christmas Yule Log)