Gluten-Free Christmas: Bûche de Noël, fancy and fantastic

Oh, the Christmas season. Goofy sweaters, the pine-and-cinnamon scented air freshener in the grocery stores, heartwarming episodes of my favorite TV shows, blog posts about delicious gluten-free Chistmas treats…


These are a few of my favorite things. Another of my favorites is Bûche de Noël: it’s so pretty! I remember convincing my parents to buy one from the local bakery when I was still a gluten-eating child. It had tiny icing mushrooms and a dusting of powdered sugar snow on its fondant bark. Each slice was a beautiful swirl of chocolate cake and whipped cream.

It was glorious. It tasted TERRIBLE.


In tribute to that first, flawed cake, here are some recipes for gluten-free Bûche de Noël (or Yule Log, if you prefer). Some are fancier than others — and really, the decoration is up to you. All are guaranteed to turn your table into a winter wonderland, and should taste pretty good to boot.

Have you ever made a Bûche de Noël? What’s your favorite Christmas dessert?


2 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Christmas: Bûche de Noël, fancy and fantastic”

  1. Yes, I made a few Bûches de Noël back in my GF days. I’ve made elaborate ones with marzipan mushrooms, down to simple last-minute versions made with prepared cake mix and then filled with instant pudding using half the milk usually required from the box directions. I got so lazy one year that I used floral picks with plastic leaves and Christmas balls instead of edible decorations, and it was still a hit! Enjoy your holidays and don’t knock yourself out–with this, it’s the novelty and presentation that count the most!

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