A Gorgeous Bûche de Noël Using Store-Bought Cake

For those unfamiliar with this favourite French Canadian sweet, Bûche de Noël is a classic dessert enjoyed during the festive season. Essentially, it’s a roulade cake decorated to look like a tree log. Making it from scratch can be time-consuming, so we’ve created this cheater’s version using ready-made Swiss rolls. Just a handful of ingredients can turn a simple store-bought dessert into a delicious centrepiece. Best of all. it comes together in a snap!


Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 15 min
Yield: 10 servings


1 large store-bought chocolate Swiss roll
1 small store-bought chocolate Swiss roll

Chocolate Ganache:
1/4 cup whipping cream
100g semi-sweet chocolate chips

Candy Mushrooms:
4 vanilla-flavoured Tootsie rolls
Cocoa powder, if desired

Shredded coconut
Icing sugar



1. Place the large Swiss roll on a platter or serving board. Cut one end of the small Swiss roll diagonally, then place the cut side anywhere against the large roll.
2. To make ganache, microwave whipping cream for 15 to 30 sec until cream is hot. Pour over chocolate chips in a bowl. Stir until chocolate is melted. Set chocolate aside to cool slightly.
3. To make candy mushrooms, microwave Tootsie roll candies for 5 to 7 seconds, just to make them pliable. Flatten 3 candies into flat discs to resemble mushroom tops. Divide the last candy into 3 pieces and roll into a stem. Using a bit of water as the glue, stick discs on top of stems. You can also dust the tops with a bit of cocoa powder to give them some colour.
4. Spread cooled chocolate all over top and sides of cake. You can be a little bit messy so it looks more like tree bark.
5. Pour some shredded coconut around the cake to resemble some snow. Sift a little icing sugar over the cake. Arrange candy mushrooms around the cake.
6. Slice and enjoy!


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