It is not clear when and where exactly the Bûche de Noël (yule log cake) was invented but it seems to date back to the 19th century in France. It’s become an increasingly popular Christmas dessert since the late 1940s and today’s pastry chefs are creating amazing new recipes and designs every year.
The most famous Parisian pâtisseries (pastry shops) will supply you with scrumptious beauties: Pierre Hermé, Philippe Conticini, Pierre Marcolini, Christophe Michalak, Cyril Lignac, Sadaharu Aoki, Ladurée, Angelina, Victor & Hugo, Lenôtre, Fauchon, Dalloyau… just to name a few.
But if you really want to stand out and go a little bit out of your way, serve your guests a bûche de Noël from a 5-star hotel! Most of them will prepare it for you, as long as you place your order ahead of time. Here is my 2018 selection in Paris:
Angelo Musa & Alexandre Dufeu
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
White chocolate covered trees for their 100% vanilla-inspired bûche de Noël. The base hides nuts and candied fruits…
La Pâtisserie du Meurice
Chestnut variations and hazelnuts with a touch of lemon for the best pastry chef in the world…
Le Prince de Galles
Black Kamaya chocolate, creamy milk mousse and pine tree honey…
L’Hôtel du Collectionneur
Like a walk in the woods: pinenuts, chestnuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, wild rose confit and kumquat marmelade for an exotic twist.
Hôtel de Berri
Inspired by the Italian dessert “Zuppa Inglese”, the bûche brings flavors of chocolate, vanilla, lemon, pistachio, raspberries, caramelized hazelnuts, and more…
Shangri-la Hotel Paris
His Shangri-la Express takes your tastebuds on an incredible journey: black and white chocolate, peanuts, lime, citronella, banana, and vanilla!
The Peninsula Paris
“L’Écrin” is a gem of a log with its sandalwood-smoked chocolate mousse, its tangerine and passion fruit core, a buckwheat crisp, and a touch of dulce de leche…
Park Hyatt Vendôme
This faux cocoa pod is obviously based on high quality chocolate but also on black rice, and it’s gluten free!
It’s all about honey (and almonds)! From the honeycomb wrap to the aromas of the cake and its whipped cream, the chef was inspired by heather honey.
His incredible faux wooden box filled with precious black truffles will fool everyone. Yet it is crunchy chocolate with hazelnut you will taste, along with vanilla, and of course black truffle flavors!
Mandarin Oriental Paris
These beautiful snow-covered pine trees hide a crunchy pecan cake, white chocolate, and a maple syrup-flavored compote of orange and tangerine…