Chocolate Bûche de Noël

Photo: Alexandra Grablewski; Styling: Lynn Miller

Yield:

10 Servings

Recipe Time

Prep: 1 Hours
Cook: 12 Minutes
Chill: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 565
Fat 37 g
Satfat 22 g
Protein 7 g
Carbohydrate 58 g
Fiber 3 g
Cholesterol 200 mg
Sodium 113 mg

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

Preparation

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Note:

December 2008