A Gorgeous Bûche de Noël Using Store-Bought Cake

Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
10 servings

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!






Chocolate Ganache

cup whipping cream
cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Candy Mushrooms

vanilla-flavoured Tootsie rolls
Cocoa powder, if desired
Shredded coconut
Icing sugar


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


Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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. 

Step 6

Slice and enjoy!


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