A few years ago, I took a class at Central Market in Dallas on making a Buche de Noel (or Yule Log). I was expecting a big cooking class, but it turned out to really be all about decorating the cake instead. That was fun, but the baking part of the cake seemed more exciting to me. Thanks to the Daring Bakers, I finally took the time this year to bake our very own Yule Log.
The original challenge recipe used a coffee flavored buttercream frosting and a plain genoise cake. The rules allowed for modification of the flavors with some limits, so Tim and I went for a chocolate flavored cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. The flavor change mostly involved adding cocoa powder to the cake and melted dark chocolate to the frosting. We also threw some Grand Marnier into the frosting for a bit of orange flavor (but likely not enough, it could have used more).
In addition to making the cake, the challenge also required us to make some mushrooms - either from meringue or marzipan. We've currently got an overload of eggs, so we made the meringue mushrooms.
I'm sorry there aren't any pictures of the inside of the cake! We're taking this to a neighbor's house for Christmas Eve and so we couldn't cut it. We did cut off the very edge of the roll to make a nice even surface, so I can vouch that the cake is quite tasty :)
My resolution for 2008 is to try to complete the Daring Bakers challenges before the last possible day. I had good intentions this month, but it didn't work out. On the other hand, I'm happy to have this dessert available to take to a neighbor's house.