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Chocolate Bûche de Noël

Photo: Alexandra Grablewski; Styling: Lynn Miller
Prep time 1 hr
Cook time 12 mins
Chill time 1 hr, 30 mins
Yield 10 Servings

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • Filling:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Frosting:
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 565
  • fat 37 g
  • satfat 22 g
  • protein 7 g
  • carbohydrate 58 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 200 mg
  • sodium 113 mg

How to Make It

  1. Make cake: Preheat oven to 325°F. Mist a 12-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray; line with parchment. Sift cocoa and flour together in a small bowl.

  2. Beat yolks and zest until thick, 8 minutes. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until fluffy. Add sugar; beat until glossy and stiff. Fold 1/4 of whites into yolks, then fold in remaining whites. Fold in juice and flour mixture. Do not overmix. Pour batter into pan; spread. Bake until cake springs back when touched, 12 minutes.

  3. Sift enough cocoa onto a large kitchen towel to cover it. Invert warm cake onto towel. Carefully peel off parchment. Starting at long end and using towel as a guide, roll up cake and towel. Transfer roll, seam side down, to wire rack.

  4. Make filling: Beat cream cheese, butter, juice and zest until creamy. Gradually beat in sugar and salt. Cover; chill until firm but spreadable, 40 minutes.

  5. Make frosting: Melt chocolate; cool to room temperature. Mix cocoa, juice and 1 Tbsp. hot water. Beat butter, sugar and salt until fluffy. Mix in chocolate, then cocoa mixture.

  6. Assemble cake: Unroll cake; remove towel. Reserve 2 T bsp. filling. Spread remaining filling over cake. Reroll cake. Cover with towel and chill, seam side down, until filling is set, about 30 minutes.

  7. Cut cake on a diagonal; removing a 3-inch piece from each end for branches. Spread 1 T bsp. of filling on each piece; press against long side of cake at opposite ends. Frost cake. Draw lines with a fork to resemble bark. Draw circles on branches to look like rings. Chill.

  8. Remove cake from refrigerator 1 hour before serving. Sift confectioners' sugar over cake, if desired.