White Chocolate French Buche de Noel

White chocolate buche de Noel


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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 14 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
507 Calories
30g Fat
57g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 14 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 507
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 18g 89%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 145mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 4g
Calcium 69mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Classic yule logs comes in countless flavor combinations. This snowy looking buche de Noel recipe hides layers of airy vanilla sponge hidden under thick, silky white chocolate buttercream frosting. Meringue mushrooms are the traditional choice for garnishing yule log cakes, but this particular dessert looks gorgeous surrounded with edible sprays of chocolate twigs, sugar-frosted cranberries, and a light dusting of powdered sugar "snow."


  • For the Sponge Cake:
  • 4 eggs (room temperature)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • For the White Chocolate Buttercream:
  • 9 ounces white chocolate (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (softened)
  • 3 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this buche de noel is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Butter a 10 x 15-inch baking pan with a 1-inch lip (jelly-roll pan) and line it with parchment paper.

  2. Butter the parchment or spray it with cooking spray. Set the pan aside.

  3. Beat the eggs for 5 minutes, until they turn thick and foamy.

  4. Add the sugar, vanilla extract, and salt to the eggs and continue beating for 2 minutes.

  5. Fold the flour, a few tablespoons at a time, into the whipped egg mixture.

  6. Once the flour is incorporated into the batter, stop mixing. Do not overmix or the cake will bake up into a tough texture.

  7. Gently spread the batter into the prepared pan. There will be peaks of batter; gently smooth over them, but do not press the batter down.

  8. Bake the cake for 10 minutes, until the cake is just set.

  9. Invert the baked cake onto a clean, dry kitchen towel and peel off the parchment paper.

  10. Wait 3 minutes and then gently roll the cake, still in the towel, starting at the 10-inch end. Allow it to cool completely.

Make the White Chocolate Buttercream

  1. Melt the chocolate in a double-boiler and allow the chocolate to cool.

  2. Add the softened butter, powdered sugar, and salt to a large mixing bowl and beat the mixture on medium speed until it becomes smooth and fluffy.

  3. Switch the mixer speed to low and add the cream and vanilla.

  4. Beat the frosting on medium speed until it becomes fluffy again.

  5. Beat in the melted, cooled white chocolate.

Assemble the White Chocolate Yule Log

  1. Unroll the cake and set aside the towel.

  2. Evenly spread 2 cups (or desired amount) of the white chocolate buttercream on the inside of the cake and following its natural curve, gently form it into a cake roll.

  3. Cut off the ends of the cake roll on the diagonal and reattach them in the center of the cake with a bit of buttercream to fashion a “branch” coming off the main yule log.

  4. Spread the exterior of the buche de noel with enough white chocolate buttercream to cover it and gently pull a butter knife or small offset spatula through the frosting to give the appearance of rough tree bark.

  5. Add a Pere Noel figure and meringue mushrooms to complete the festive look.

  6. Chill the cake before serving it and refrigerate any leftovers.