Buche de Noel and Happy New Year!

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I was very happy with the selection of this month’s Daring Baker’s challenge. I’ve made the traditional yule log cakes before with a genoise that is rolled up and I’ve been wanting to try the more modern French style cakes which I saw everywhere in Paris last winter. The challenge cake is comprised of an almond dacquoise, chocolate mousse, praline crisp, creme brulee, ganache, and chocolate glaze.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I’m once again down to the wire, as I’m preparing for a party tomorrow, where I’m presenting this lovely cake. Hopefully I can write a bit more…erm, after the New Year? Yikes. I pretty much followed the given recipe exactly, but incorporated a bit more orange essence, by infusing the creme brulee insert with orange rind and vanilla, using orange chocolate for the praline crisp, and grand marnier in the ganache.

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This month’s challenge is brought to us by the adventurous Hilda from Saffron and Blueberry and Marion from Il en Faut Peu Pour Etre Heureux. They have chosen a French Yule Log by Flore from Florilege Gourmand.

Thank you for a wonderful, challenging challenge!

Happy New Year to all and best wishes for a wonderful 2009!!

24 Responses to “Buche de Noel and Happy New Year!”

  1. Gfron1 Says:

    Absolutely perfect! great job.

  2. sara Says:

    Wow, this looks amazing…really professional! Yum. :)

  3. Claire Says:

    WOW…that is simply stunning. I love the colors and the elegant decorations.

  4. Tartelette Says:

    Gorgeous! You did a fabulous job once again!
    Enjoy your party and happy New Year!

  5. Aparna Says:

    Wow! Your log looks so beautiful, just like all those very professionally done ones we saw in those provided links.

    Best wishes for a Happy New Year.

  6. veganpower Says:

    Waouw, it looks like a log of “Le Nôtre” (great French pastry)
    It is perfect, perfect, the glaze is sublime !
    Bravo is a pro !

  7. clumbsycookie Says:

    It’s so perfect, look how shiny the icing is. Very nicely decorated too. Happy new year!

  8. Hilda Says:

    Absolutely fantastic! I would buy your bûche in my local pâtisserie in a heartbeat, your decorations are perfect making it look totally authentic. I think yours may be one of my favorite 3 I’ve seen so far. You’re so very welcome! Happy New Year!

  9. alana Says:

    Your presentations is mind blowing. Just so beautiful! Have a great party!

  10. Rosa Says:

    So pretty! Your log looks amazingly beautiful and perfect! Great job!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  11. jillian Says:

    This looks perfectly done and delicious! It is so shiny!

  12. chef_d Says:

    Your yule log looks very beautifully polished

  13. JennyBakes Says:

    Your log looks beautiful, and I think adding an orange element could only make it that much better.

  14. Y Says:

    Happy New Year to you! Hope that gorgeous log was well received at the party. It looks amazing!

  15. Apu Says:

    Very professionally done – beautiful!!

    Apu

  16. Laura Rebecca Says:

    How beautiful your yule log is!

  17. Namratha Says:

    Very pretty, well done!!

  18. breadchick Says:

    WOW!!!! Absolutely the most stunning logs I’ve seen. Well done.

  19. melissa Says:

    wow! great job! your log is beautfiul. now that i figured it out next year it will be a breeze. thanks for the inspiration!

  20. veganpower Says:

    De rien pour le commentaire, c’est justifié ! Les jolies choses méritent d’être complimentées et votre bûche est simplement sublime, je rêve de faire pareil.
    Ma bûche n’est pas très raffinée et un peu grossière, mais ce n’est pas grave, l’important c’est de participer, je fais d’autres choses très jolies, il arrive de ne pas être à la perfection, j’assume :)

    Bonne année également :)

  21. Kelly Says:

    Stunning looking log. And i love that you used the left over egg whites to make macarons what a great idea and they turned out so well. Congrats!

  22. morgana Says:

    What a professional looking yule log! It’s amazing, I love it.

  23. Molly W Says:

    Wow! That is really impressive.

  24. Destiny Says:

    Looks amazing.
    I love chocolate,I might get my mom to
    make this for me.Haha,Yummy.!(;