A couple nights ago my sister emailed this video of the Vegan Black Metal Chef with his recipe for a Vegan Yule Log Cake and asked me to make one for our family dinner. Here's the PC version of the video which was presented by CHOW.com.
As you can see, VBMC's version is super easy to make with a vegan cake box mix, some egg replacer, and a couple jars of store-bought icing and frosting. Simple. But it looks like a glorified German Chocolate Cake to me. And if I'm going to make one of these Yule Logs, I'm going to try something a little more traditional and a little less chocolatey.
I've seen recipes for Yule Logs before but it's been awhile, and to be honest, I was never interested because these things tend to be designed for chocoholics. I like my chocolate in moderation and usually it has to have nuts or crunchies in it.
So I did some google-digging. Bûche de Noël or the Yule Log Cake is a traditional French dessert served around Christmas.
And apparently there are two types of bûche de noël or yule log cakes, a génoise and buttercream version or a frozen yule log. The génoise is like a rolled-up sponge cake layered with icing and topped with a ganache and designed to look like firewood.
The frozen yule log, on the other hand, appears to be a far more complicated French version shaped like a bread pan with layers of biscuit, mousse, ganache, pralines, creme brulee, and icing.
I'm pretty sure I'm going to make a génoise cake, and most of the recipes I found were for that style, but I was able to provide some recipe ideas on the frozen yule log for those of you interested in that one.
~The Gluttonous Vegan's Christmas Yule Log
~Vegan Good Things' Orange Spice Bûche de Noël with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting & Chocolate Ganache
~Sweet Vegan's Yule Log
~Hasta La Vegan's Chocolate Yule Log
~Végéta-Löu's Bûche Pâtissière/Yule Log (Pear/Chai/Chocolate) (in French and English)
~My Paper Crane's Vegan Peppermint Icebox Yule Log Cake
~The Healthy Voyager's Holiday Yule Log
~Fuck Yeah Vegan Recipes' version of Bryanna Clark Grogan's Basic Holiday Roll
~Inhabitots' Vegan Yule Log Cake
~BORO Magazine's Raw Vegan Yule Log
~Vegan Peace's Yule Log Cookies
The original non-vegan Yule Log recipe modified by the vegan Daring Bakers.
And here are some of the vegan bloggers that participate in Daring Bakers, their versions, and how the modifications they made.
~Musings From the Fishbowl
~Cooking at the Pacific Outpost
If you decide to make a Yule Log, post a comment and link to any photos and tell us about it!