Saturday, 29 December 2012

Nigella's Buche de Noel

I made one last Christmas, and my son's clamoured for another this year.  So on Christmas Eve I baked my second Buche de Noel.

Once again I used the recipe from Nigella's wonderful Christmas, and was again delighted with the results.  I am determined to make more roulades in 2013,  now  I have got  over my initial fear and have found that  the cake turns out perfectly.

As it doesn't contain cream, this cake keeps happily for several days (in theory - though with three men and a hungry 6 year old it rapidly disappeared in my house!).  It is therefore a good make ahead pudding for Christmas or the New Year.

Next year I'm baking the Buche de Noel a day or two early, and if it's gone by Christmas it won't really be a problem, as we always have a Christmas Pudding and a Trifle as well!

I'm going to link this to the Forever Nigella 21, Christmas 2012, blogging event.  This month's event is being hosted by Laura Loves Cake, you can find a link to her blog here, and of course, the concept was thought up by Sarah at Maison Cupcake, here is the link to her blog.

Sarah has suggested I link this to Jen's Blog, Blue Kitchen Bakes, where she  runs Classic French Challenge,  and this month she is looking for Buche de Noel, so I'm  sneaking this post  in at the last minute.  I hope you like it Jen.

I needed to make two branches, to fit the log onto the cake

This is last year's log, which was slightly more 3-D,
I'm not sure which I prefer.
What do you think?

I used Ndali fairtrade vanilla and fabulous
Rococo cocoa

It really enhanced the flavour of the cake

My K-Mix whisked the eggs to perfection

The cake was light and fluffy

Beautifully risen

Adding the butter cream, before I rolled the cake


  1. Your bark looks wonderful! I used the same recipe - you should link up with Blue Kitchen Bake who is doing a French Classics Yule Log challenge too. Thanks for taking part in Forever Nigella! x

  2. Oh Jude - you are clever!! it looks gorgeous - I tried to make one and it was a disaster!!!!
    Mary x

  3. How wonderful Jude! I bet the Rococo cocoa made it extra special. I run the Dorset CCC and one of my members made this for our last meeting. It was wonderful! I will be making this next year! x

  4. Your log looks great and thanks for entering it into Classic French this month. I love the cute little robbin decoration on top as well.

  5. Beautiful! Your sponge looks so fluffy and really chocolatey, the little robin is so sweet too :)

  6. How cute is your buche de looks so good...and I love the robin on top! A perfect Christmas treat. Thanks for entering it in to Forever Nigella :-)

  7. I just popped over to wish you a very happy New Year! Love Karen xxxx

  8. Happy New Year to you, Oh my gosh I have just looked back over Blog what a lot of cooking you have done and it all looks so good. Yum.

  9. Your buche de Noel looks fantastic Jude and I love your chirpy little robin sitting on top. I love roulades and think they look great, but I have not yet mastered the art of rolling them - I've tried four so far and everyone has broken up. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a very Happy New Year.

  10. I love buche de Noel and yours looks fantastic. Perhaps I should be brave and try to make it next Christmas!

  11. I must make a Buche de noel next Christmas as I think it will make the perfect festive pud for my children who didn't touch any Christmas pudding at all. Wishing you a very Happy New Year to you and your family and I hope to see you soon. I am still skiing and it's been great, will be sad to leave x


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