Buche de Noel Perfect Holiday Dessert

by Regina 16. December 2014 02:21

Looking for a festive dessert that will impress your guests at your holiday dinner? Look no further.

Our Buche de Noels and Yule Logs are the perfect centerpieces to your dinner table. Edible art, even. And only made this time of year.

Completely hand crafted and made from scratch, these fun desserts are available in two sizes (small serving 6-8, large 14-16) and nine flavors. For those of us who can't get enough chocolate, I recommend ordering the Buche de Noel. Slightly higher in price but definitely more authentic looking if we're going to replicate a log. However, if you're not so big on chocolate or want to go with a cheaper option, the Yule Log is the exact same on the inside and decorated with whipped cream on the outside.

See behind-the-scenes and the step-by-step process we take to create these beauties here.

Like all of our cakes, both of these holiday desserts are made fresh and never frozen. Because their labor-intensive, several others bakeries bake these cakes ahead of time to meet demands. For us, freshness is not something we are willing to compromise even if that means we can't meet our demand and potential orders turned away. This means two things for you. 1) Quantities are limited. We are only able to take a certain amount of orders to keep all of them fresh, so once we hit that number, we are sold out. If you know you need one, place the order ASAP! And 2) Pick-ups on Christmas Eve must be made after 2pm. This is simply because we will still be baking and assembling on the morning of the 24th. 

More information, including what flavors are avaiable, can be found on our website. Feel free to call or walk-in to place your orders. Hope to see you on Christmas Eve and Happy Holidays!

Blog Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of Making Buche de Noels!

by Regina 4. December 2013 05:21

Hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite times of the year. We all work crazy hours here at the bakery but it's totally worth it to see you guys come all the way down into our stores just to pick up pies, or dinner rolls or 18 croissants (real order!). This year was truly special because we were recognized as one of the best pies in the Bay Area by San Jose Mercury News. Thanks SJ Merc!

While we will still be offering pies for Christmas and throughout December, what I'd like to share with you today is details on our beautiful Buche de Noels and Yule Logs. I definitely didn't know what these desserts were when I first started working here so for those of you who are in the same boat I was, I'm going to give you everything you need to know right here!

I'll be showing you behind-the-scene photos and step-by-step procedures on how we make these FRESH. This is VERY important because you'd be surprised how many bakeries freeze their cakes, especially the Buche de Noels and Yule Logs since they are pretty labor intensive.

But ours, like any of our other cakes, are NEVER frozen. We ask that you pick-up these items after 2pm on Christmas Eve because we will still be baking and assembling them THAT very morning. Unfortunately, freshness has a price: we can only make limited quantities so once we hit out limit, we're sold out! So pre-orders are required and space is limited.

Basically our Buche de Noels and Yule Logs are rolled up sponge cakes, in a shape of a log. The insides of the Buche de Noel and Yule Logs are exactly the same; they are only decorated differently on the outside. Let's go over the process of the Buche de Noel.

How to Make Buche de Noel


Step 1: First we roll out sponge cake with filling (FACT: We have NINE available flavors for our Buche de Noel!) into one long roll. Then, slice about 1/3 off at a slant to make the shorter leg of the "log"

Step 2: Begin covering the log with freshly molded chocolate. One of the hardest parts about making Buche de Noel is optimal temperatures - temperatures of the melted chocolate and of the mable slab we are working on. Too hot or too cold and we'll have major problems!

Step 3: After we cover the entire log in chocolate, we need to cover up the rest of the cake so it is fully disguised. The includes piping chocolate at the ends of the log (pictured above)

Step 4: This is my favorite part -- dressing up the log! We shape marzipan into little mushrooms and fungi to scatter around the board the cake lies on. We also cut out holly leaves and holly berries to put on top of the log to make it a bit more festive. Lastly, we'll cut out a rectangular plaque so we can write "Noel" or any other message you would like to place on top of the log.

Step 5: The final step is to sprinkle powdered sugar and cocoa powder to give the effect of snow. That's it, now it's done!

We hope you enjoyed these behind-the-scene photos! Remember, quantities are limited so do not wait to place your order (pre-orders are required). If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section or call one of our stores. Have a great holiday season!

Holiday Exclusive: Buche de Noels and Yule Logs

by Regina 11. December 2012 04:17

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

Sprinkling "snow"!

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!

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Cookie Gifts with Exclusive Cookies, including Hanukkah

by Regina 28. November 2012 03:34

Theoretically you can gift cookies any time of the year, but why is it so much better to do so during the holidays? Maybe it's the spirit of giving, or maybe it's the festive packaging - either way it's the perfect gift to give and the perfect gift to receive... Especially when the cookies are made from scratch and baked fresh every morning (sometimes multiple times a day!), like ours.

You have a couple different options with us, depending on how many cookies you'd like. If you just want to surprise your co-worker with a little bag of goodies on your way back from lunch, we can pack a couple cookies into a little baggie for you, tie a ribbon around it and call it in a day. Each store has several festive designs for the bags so make sure you ask to see them all!

If you're looking for more than just a couple of cookies, our red cookie boxes can fit about a dozen (depending on the cookies). With this option, you are completely free to choose what assortment and how many cookies you'd like -- there is just a small fee for the box and accompanying bow. This is a great gift for friends!

But maybe you're looking for something a little nicer. Something for your boss or supervisor? We have a large variety of cookie tins to choose from. Small or large, choose the size you think is right for you. We can fill them up with mini cookies, regular size cookies or decorated Gingerbread cookies. We have presets to make choosing easy, or make your own assortment if you'd like.

Any option you choose, the recepient will be receiving freshly baked cookies made with only natural ingredients - no artificial flavors or colors or preservatives. For a gift that is relatively easy for you (all you need to do is walk into our store!), your thoughtfulness and generosity will not go unnoticed.

We also bake a few cookies exclusively this time of year: Gingerbread, Mexican Wedding Cookies (also known as Russian Tea Cakes or Italian Butter Nuts) and Spritz Cookies (also known as Swedish Butter Cookies). Our Gingerbread are available in various shapes and sizes, from small boys and girls to Hanukkah shapes of dreidels and menorahs, to large gingerbread men. Because we use high-quality butter that is essential to the recipe, both our Mexican Wedding Cookies and Spritz Cookies have really great depth in their flavors. Personally they are my favorite cookies that we make and only available this time of year!

Like with all our products, I encourage you to call in to place an order in advance. We'll have cookies and supplies on hand but can't guarantee that we won't run out! And if you need multiple boxes or tins, please do call us so we can bake to order for you. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Until my next post, stay warm!

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