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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Bûche de Noël

I'm not sure I'll ever do this again, but it sure looked cool.

a "hot milk sponge cake" from Joy baked in a jelly roll pan
Kahlua-flavored buttercream

chocolate buttercream
meringue mushrooms
powdered sugar
a rock from the yard
a pine branch with pinecones that I found in the street

The meringue mushrooms got gooey pretty quickly in the humidity.

These shots make it look a little campy, but indoors, in person, it looked quite pretty and log-like.

It tasted merely okay -- the cake was a little bland, and the Kahlua buttercream not quite perfect. The lemon meringue pie I also made for Christmas Eve dinner was much tastier.

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