A Stunning Holiday Bûche de Noël: Easier Than It Looks

A bûche de Noël, or yule log cake, is a rolled and filled cake frosted and decorated to look like a log, often with trompe l'oeil effects like meringue mushrooms. And while it makes a dramatic and impressive finish to a holiday feast, a bûche de Noël isn't all that difficult to execute—especially with Chowhounds' tips on how to roll cakes without cracking, plus favorite cake recipes and filling flavors.

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