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Buche de Noel
Buche de Noel Christmas cake from Williams-Sonoma

Meringue mushrooms decorate this chocolate Buche de Noel from Williams-Sonoma.

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The Bûche de Noël is a log-shaped cake meant to evoke the Yule log that once burned in European hearths throughout Christmas. Made of layered or rolled genoise sponge cake filled with mousse or buttercream, the Bûche de Noël is often decorated with marzipan or meringue mushrooms, forest creatures, or holly leaves. You can find Bûche de Noël at French patisseries, or order one online from WilliamsSonoma.com ($74).

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