Buche de Noel

We dove deep into holiday cakes on Tuesdays with Dorie with the Buche de Noel.  This is a multi-layer cake that definitely needs a day to do. 

The eggs and sugar were cooked over a water until 110-120 degrees then whipped with a mixer until doubled in size.  This was a new technique for me and was very appreciative of the link Zosia posted about making this batter.

I was amazed that the batter filled the sheet pan.
After the cake baked, you were to dust a kitchen towel with powdered sugar.
Then you turned out the warm cake on the sugared towel.  I had powdered sugar all over my kitchen counter.  As my husband said, “you should have seen that coming”.
The cake then cools in the towel until room temperature.

I had watched Dorie’s video making this cake prior to baking which helped calm my nerves when my cake cracked upon unrolling.  Dorie said do not worry if it cracks you have filling and icing to cover it up and she was right.

After the frosting and nuts went on top no one was the wiser of my cracked cake.  What I learned along the way:  I did not have the proper kitchen towel to prevent sticking, I would use a fresh piece of parchment paper when rolling as my used one stuck to the towel and frosting does fix most mistakes.  I also took the easy route and used some sugar pecans I had on hand, it did save me one step.  I also heeded my fellow Doristas and made half a batch of frosting and that was plenty.  A full recipe would  have been too much for our family.

I am glad that I tackled this recipe.  Loved the frosting and cake but the filling was a bit heavy.  I would make this again if someone asked me, it is definitely a special occasion cake.

Tuesdays With Dorie is an international baking group working our way through Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan.  To see what others did in this group go here.


21 Comments Add yours

  1. Zosia says:

    Your cake turned out beautifully! My cake cracked also when I unrolled it but the other components worked wonders in fixing that, with no one the wiser!


  2. Chris H. says:

    I'm probably alone in this one, but I'm glad I invoked baker's privilege and consumed the leftover marshmallow meringue. (I did use most of it on my cake, though!) Your cake looks great!


  3. Nana says:

    Beautiful. Fortunately, the frosting worked wonders for most of us. Happy Holidays.


  4. Tammy says:

    I loved the frosting! And I used every bit of it! 🙂


  5. Cakelaw says:

    Your cake turned out great Di! I loved the frosting – my favourite part of the cake.


  6. You were smart to do your homework pre making the cake ;0) I watched the video after! I think I could have saved myself the stress because they made it look easy. And yours turned out lovely. Happy Holidays to you.


  7. Adriana says:

    I totally messed the timing of when/how to peel the parchment. I just moved the cake to the towel (\”snow\” everywhere!) and hoped for the best. Should have watched the video right before rolling the cake!


  8. tricia s. says:

    Gorgeous results and great process photos. This one was some adventure, no ? My kids thought I made \”Marshmallow fluff\” when they tasted the batter bowl, which technically was a complement but did make me chuckle. For the record, I finished this very late one evening and left the few strips of parchment with frosting out on the counter. My cat taste tested overnight (the cake was thankfully in the fridge) and left marshmallow tracks across the kitchen…..:)


  9. Looks great, Diane! It sounds like you and I had similar experiences making this cake! Hope you and yours had a great holiday!


  10. Your cake looks lovely and yes, that frosting does cover a multitude of sins ! Happy new year!


  11. TeaLady says:

    I agree on the filling. I would def make the cake again, but with a different filling. Looks just perfect!


  12. Your cake looks like it turned out great!


  13. Nana says:

    Your cake looks wonderful. I did the same with the powdered sugar, had such a mess all over. Happy New Year.


  14. looks great–who would ever know that the cake cracked? glad to hear a 1/2 recipe of frosting was enough…I'm doing that next time.


  15. Marshmallow tracks across the kitchen! How funny! True confessions: I used my \”impeccably clean fingers\” to scrape the frosting off my bits of parchment paper and ate the frosting!


  16. Your cake looks lovely! I recommend dolloping the extra marshmallow frosting into mugs of hot chocolate–that was really yummy!


  17. Kathy says:

    Lovely looking cake, Diane! No one would ever guess that your cake had cracked….beautiful! Happy New Year!


  18. Anonymous says:

    Hi Dianne! Your cake looks lovely! I too found the filling a little heavy, and am searching for ideas that could be used to replace it? My friends suggested some of the marshmallow frosting! If you have any thoughts I would love to hear them.Cheers, Kathryn


  19. Yup, frosting cures many ills 🙂 It looks lovely. Happy New Year!


  20. Anonymous says:

    It looks beautiful! I love how the icing makes everything okay.


  21. Anonymous says:

    I was thankful that Dorie said it was OK if the cake cracked too – I certainly had some big ones! This was certainly and adventure to make.


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