My baking experiment #99 – Bûche de Noël

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: X’mas!! It’s my favorite holiday; it’s so festive and everyone’s so happy, and there’re gifts to be given & received.

My friend’s throwing a x’mas potluck party at her place, and of course i chose to bring dessert! Last year for x’mas i made some festive peppermint mocha cupcakes; they were so delish! This year, i decided to go with something more traditional: Bûche de Noël, or x’mas log cake. It’s a vanilla cake with coffee cream filling and chocolate buttercream frosting.


Vanilla Cake

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Coffee Cream Filling

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp instant coffee

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp hot water


  • Heat oven to 375°F. Line 15×10-inch pan with foil; grease with cooking spray. In large bowl, beat eggs with electric mixer on high 5 minutes until very thick and light colored. Gradually beat in sugar. Beat in water and vanilla on low. Gradually add flour, baking powder and salt, beating just until batter is smooth. Pour into pan, spreading batter to corners.
  • Bake 12 to 15 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Immediately loosen cake from edges of pan; invert onto towel generously sprinkled with powdered sugar. Carefully remove foil. Trim off stiff edges of cake if necessary. While hot, carefully roll cake and towel from narrow end. Cool on cooling rack at least 30 minutes.
  • In chilled medium bowl, beat all filling ingredients on high until stiff. Unroll cake; remove towel. Spread filling over cake. Roll up cake.
  • In medium bowl, beat cocoa and butter on low until thoroughly mixed. Beat in powdered sugar until mixed. Beat in vanilla and enough hot water until frosting is smooth and spreadable.
  • For tree stump, cut off 2-inch diagonal slice from one end of cake. Attach stump to one long side using 1 Tbsp frosting. Frost cake with remaining frosting. With tines of fork, make strokes in frosting to resemble tree bark. Dust with powdered sugar.

This cake was a lot of work but totally worth it! The end product is so pretty, looks like an actual yule log. I haven’t had a chance to taste it since it’s for a party, but i did taste the individual parts and they taste great: the cake has a light vanilla flavor, the coffee cream filling tastes like a coffee mousse, and the chocolate buttercream frosting has an intense chocolate flavor. I can imagine together the flavors will meld and the cake will taste like a mocha! 🙂

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