Thursday, December 25, 2014

TWD/BCM: Buche de Noel

"Just say it's the best thing you ever ate," I begged.

But they HAD to be honest...
"The cake is dry."
"It's too sweet."
"I expected CHOCOLATE!"

At least we had the famous
Starlight Mint Surprise cookies.
Rolled up cake awaits filling and frosting.

Ah well, there are worse things. It was a fun Christmas activity. I even envisioned making it an annual event. I was so proud of myself. The cake baked and rolled up beautifully. The pecans were to die for (everyone agreed on that). The fluffy marshmallow icing was magical. If only the cake had been chocolate. Well, there's always next year.

The other Tuesdays With Dorie bakers can be found here. Most of their families were less demanding, LOL! 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Fantastic Festivus - whatever your cup of tea - hope it's a good one. Here are a few pictures from our holiday. 

And a shoe. From the family Christmas party. The youngest of the young accidentally lost it while she was eating. 


  1. I'd love to try the pecan/cream cheese filling on a chocolate cake too! Looks and sounds like a great Christmas!

  2. Thanks for sharing your family photos. Merry Christmas!

  3. I felt it was very dry, and would have preferred chocolate to the "gingerbread-less flavor...but I did love the frosting ;-)

    Happy Holidays!

  4. Love the pattern you used for the pecans. Makes it look more LOGGY!! Beautiful cake. All the steps were well worth it.

  5. Beautiful cake! I find that my family are the worst critics - I served this cake to my neighbours and they loved it!

  6. Ha-if I had gotten that response I would have imposed my 'you will have none-and like it' rule. Love your cake decoration and it looks like you had a beautiful holiday despite the demands.

  7. Haha…I love the honesty and comments! I always tell my tasters, tell me the truth! :) Good job!

  8. It's hard to beat chocolate! I do like Golden Life PHX's response.
    Have a wonderful New Year!

  9. Looks like you had a fine, celebratory time together, despite the lack of chocolate. Having said that, I think chocolate is a fantastic idea!

  10. I think your cake looks fabulous! Honestly, I loved this cake…and really loved the frosting! I do think it might be less sweet with a whipped cream, or custard filling! Happy New Year, Peggy!

  11. It looks beautiful and chocolate or no chocolate, it's a lovely treat!

  12. Everyone's a critic. But your buche looks great! Isn't it nice to make a super-impressive dessert sometimes? (Even if not everyone is impressed. *grin*)

  13. If lack of chocolate was the only issue, then I'd call that a success :-)
    I did love this frosting (and the pralines) and may or may not have had several helpings of each sans cake...