Build a Yule Log in Four Simple Steps
You could spend hours fooling with sponge cake, buttercream, and meringue mushrooms for a classic bûche de Noël.
Or, the night before, you could assemble an equally impressive yule log with chocolate wafers, marmalade, and whipped cream, garnished with chocolate "mushrooms" of kisses topped with nonpareils.
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1. Start creating the log by layering wafers with cream and marmalade. Then turn on its side and keep going.
2. Next, make two "knots" with eight wafers each, and angle them on both sides of the log.
3. Use a flexible spatula to spread cream evenly and thickly over whole log; then use a fork to create "bark."
4. Dig a small hole in the bottom of each nonpareil, then insert a kiss. Decorate log with "mushrooms."