I've mentioned our Buche de Noels and Yule Logs on this blog a couple times in the past but I've never addressed it in depth. Here are all your questions answered about these fun, festive desserts that we only bake this time of year.
The very first thing you need to know is that our Buche de Noel and Yule Logs, like all of our cakes, are made FRESH and never frozen. If you order these for pick-up on Christmas Eve, we ask that you schedule a pick up after 2pm and no earlier because we will still be baking and assembling them that very morning.
Also, because each Buche and log are handcrafted on the very same day (and not pre-frozen like other bakeries!), we can only make a limited quantity. Thus, pre-orders are required, and you want to call as soon as can because we can and will sell out.
And yes, they are available to order for days other than Christmas Eve. We ask that you order at least 2-days in advance for any day that is not December 24th.
Now, on to the dessert itself!
What is a Buche de Noel?
A Buche de Noel is a traditional Christmas dessert made with sponge cake, rolled and decorated into a log, or a tree branch. In addition to the cake, we will also decorate the surroundings on the board with "mushrooms" and "fungi" molded from marzipan. Holly leaves and berries, also made from marzipan, are also placed on the log with a plaque that reads "Noel." We can also inscribe "Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas" on the log instead of "Noel", upon request.
What's the difference between a Buche de Noel and a Yule Log?
We always like to offer as many options as possible to our customers. That's why we offer both the Buche de Noel and Yule Log. Both desserts are exactly the same on the inside but while our Buche de Noel is covered in chocolate on the outside, the Yule Log is simply decorated with fresh whipped cream. Both are very presentable desserts - just depends if your guests prefer chocolate or not.
What flavors are they available in?
This is my favorite part. Unlike other bakeries that only offer one or two flavors for Buche de Noels, our bakery offers NINE. Nine different flavors to choose from for a dessert that will definitely get your guests ooh-ing and ahh-ing! I've starred the most popular flavors.
Our Buche de Noel and Yule Log flavors:
- White Raspberry Cream*
- Chocolate Raspberry Cream*
- White Amaretto Cream
- Chocolate Amaretto Cream
- Kahlua Mocha Cream*
- Apricot Brandy Cream*
- Orange Custard Cream
- Lemon Custard Cream
- Lemon Rum Cream
The desserts are decorated the same regardless of the flavor with the exception of the Yule Log in Kahlua Mocha. That is decorated with a cocoa whipped cream (below) instead of white.
What's the sizing and pricing?
Buche de Noel, small (serves 8-10): $57.25; Yule Log: $46.95
Buche de Noel, large (serves 16-18): $79.25; Yule Log: $59.50
(Pricing may change without notice. Please visit our website for the most up-to-date information.)
Here are some sneak-peak photos on how we assemble these holiday desserts:
Sponge filled, rolled and ready to be decorated!
Completely covering the roll in chocolate
Remember, these Buche de Noels and Yule Logs must be pre-ordered, available at all our locations: Palo Alto, Saratoga, Santa Clara and Fremont. Interested in dessert but not these logs? Please visit our website for other popular items like our Panettone and pies!