Friday, December 21, 2012

Fun For Friday - Bushe de Noel (Yule Log)

Happy Friday and Happy not the end of the world.

My husband is half Danish and here is our collection of Nisse, or as his family calls them; Nissemen.   These are a few of our Danish christmas plates collected over the past 25 years.

I hosted my quilting bees holiday party yesterday and decided to make a Bushe de Noel, or Yule Log cake.  It had been about 6 years so I thought it was time.

Here is a link to my favorite recipe.

Warning:  there are 3 main parts to this cake, and it will take all available counter space.

First you make a chocolate cake in a jelly roll pan and roll it up in a towel to cool.  Then you spread a whipped cream filling and re-roll.

You slice off one end and place on top (or side) to resemble a branch.  It is frosted with chocolate butter cream frosting.

Using a fork you make it appear to have tree bark.  I decorated mine with a sprig of artificial holly.  Click here to see google images of different styles and presentations.

The cake must be refrigerated.  I have wrapped mine for a space launch or a bio attack.

The good, the bad and the ugly:
The good - I showed to my guests before cutting it up.
The bad -  I forgot to take a final "beauty shot" of it.
The ugly -  A blurred phone photo, but you can see that a dusting of powered sugar (snow) makes it look festive and pretty.

 And there you have it!

Finally, here is a great way to display Christmas cards if you have interior french doors.  I just use tape loops.  The bonus?  I clean these windows once a year when I take the cards down.

I wish you all Happy Holidays filled with Fun.
See you after Christmas!


  1. Barb, here's wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and Happy New year.

  2. Beautiful Yule log cake Barb! Have a Very Merry Christmas!!

  3. Beautiful Yule log! A local candy store make "kits" for Yule logs...beautiful dark, milk, and white chocolate leaves with some mushrooms! Makes decorating the log easy!

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  4. The yule log is just beautiful, but it sure doesn't look simple to make! Fun way to display cards, too. Merry Christmas Barb!!

  5. Your Yule log is fantastic. I'm sure there wasn't a crumb left! Have a Merry Christmas.

  6. I just love to see these things...forwarded the cake recipe to my

  7. It looks yummy!! I haven't made one of those in years. Your cards look lovely on the doors. Merry Christmas!!

  8. The Buche was beautiful AND delicious. My husband calls this a "use every pan in the house" recipe, just like using every surface. Your house looks so festive! Merry and Happy to you!

  9. I've never made a yule log. I don't think I have enough space in my kitchen! Yours looks yummy. I love chocolate!
    I had to look up Nisse. I think I need one! ; c ) I'm a big fan of blue dishes and so nice these have special meaning for you.
    I tape my cards to the sliding glass door in the kitchen. It does block the view of the outside but not much to see back there at this time of year.
    Happy Christmas to you and yours!

  10. The Yule Log looks good enough to eat. Happy Christmas Barb, and to your family too.

  11. Love the way your cards look, I'll have to try that :0).
    Very festive.
    So how was the cake? Were your friends impressed.
    The log looks so delicious!

    Merry Merry Christmas

  12. What a nice treat for your quilting friends!
    Thank you for a wonderful year of fun posts, beautiful quilts and decorating inspiration.
    Have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!!

  13. Those Nissemen made me smile, they're so cute! I want to make a yule log too after seeing how wonderful yours was. I bet it was soo tasty!! Love your card display. I have a door like that and it would look perfect, next year! Wishing you and your family the very merriest of Christmases!!!

  14. Hey Barb, warmest wishes to you and your fam from me and mine in cool and rainy Sydney.( we have gone from 37c yesterday to 17c today...totally nuts)
    I look forward to continuing our virtual friendship over the coming year and sharing all things quilty. May your champagne glass overflow this holiday season. Best, Kate

  15. It all looks so festive and beautiful Barb! I LOVE your yule log -- I've never made one but yours looks delicious! Love all your Danish touches. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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