Tiramisu Yule Log

180 mins (prep 60)
20 ingredients
makes 10 servings
We get a little weak-kneed with delight around cakes, particularly cakes whimsically shaped to look like something else—in this case, a Yule log. Made famous in France as Bûches de Noël, these sheet cakes, filled, rolled, and frosted to look like the trunks of trees, complete with the stumps of sawed off branches, provide creative cooks the very real opportunity to play with their food. Want a few woodsy meringue mushrooms made from meringue to continue the conceit? Why not? No offense to the French, but we think this Italian version, brushed with an espresso syrup, filled with whipped cream lightened mascarpone cheese, and encased in a serious chocolate ganache, which lends itself well to sculpting, is just about the best we've ever had. Buttercream frosting is good—we know only too well from licking many bowls of it clean—but ganache is easier to make and even better to eat! Editor's Note: This recipe is part of Gourmet's Modern Menu for A Christmas Classic. Menu also includes Herb-Crusted Beef Rib Roast with Potatoes, Carrots, and Pinot Noir Jus and Green Beans with Caramelized Pecans .

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Serving Size (88.95 g)
Servings 10
Amount per Serving
Calories 358.49 Calories from Fat 155.34
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17.26g 265.49%
Saturated Fat 8.74g 436.85%
Trans Fat 0.14g %
Cholesterol 25.44mg 84.82%
Sodium 548.08mg 228.37%
Total Carbohydrate 52.6g 175.35%
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g 75.9%
Sugars 33.32 g %
Protein 3.29g 65.87%
Vitamin A 264.79IU% Vitamin C 0.11mg%
Calcium 46.75mg% Iron 1.56mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
sifted cake flour, large eggs, plus, confectioners' sugar, or, strong black coffee, cognac or brandy, cognac or brandy, chilled heavy cream, confectioners' sugar for dusting, a, special equipment, sheet