December has arrived, and with it, promises of Christmas trees, a warm mug of mulled wine (or fruit punch) and if you’re a true Parisian, the French Bûche de Noël – otherwise known as the yule log cake.
12月已经来临，带来圣诞的气息，圣诞又怎么少得了精心装扮的圣诞树，香气袭人的热红酒（或是水果宾治）呢，而对于崇尚法式糕点的你来说，最少不了的，是那一块圣诞圆木蛋糕“Bûche de Noël”。
Of all the delights that grace the French Christmas dinner table, nothing invokes more joy and childhood memories for the French than this cylindrical branch of authentic goodness all rolled in one.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with what exactly a yule log cake is, it is a French dessert that resembles a yule log – a log that is burnt on a hearth as a Christmas tradition. Stretching all the way back to Europe’s Iron Age (yes, before the medieval era), families would burn logs decorated with pinecones, ivy and holly to welcome the new year. After the popularisation of Christianity, the Yule log tradition continued on a smaller scale and families would burn logs in smaller hearths, which was conveniently perfect for baking cakes!
Parisian bakers popularized the cake soon after and different bakeries became known for their different elaborate decorations. Usually, the Bûche de Noël consists of a yellow sponge cake filled with chocolate buttercream, along with bark-like textures and powdered sugar that resembles snow.
Now you’re probably wondering, where can I get my hands on an authentic log cake here in Shanghai? Believe it or not, the beloved patisserie chef Laurent Stephan Doron over at the recently-gone-viral new eatery in town, Bread etc. has you covered! Priced at ¥160 per log, flavors are all available upon request in pear-caramel, vanilla-strawberry and chocolate. What better way to enjoy the most authentic French Christmas dessert than at a casual European eatery in the heart of the French Concession?
说到这里你可能在想，魔都哪里能买到地道的圆木蛋糕呢？简直难以置信，深受喜爱的甜点师Laurent Stephan Doron在魔都餐厅新贵 Bread etc. 都为你准备好了哦！每个圆筒蛋糕定价160元，三种口味焦糖雪梨, 香草草莓和巧克力都可以提前预订哦。享受地道法式圣诞甜品，还有哪儿比地处法租界中心的悠闲欧式餐厅更合适的呢？
Now enjoy your bûche de Noël, and think of the hundreds of years of history behind it.
Want your own log cake? Here’s how! 预订步骤
1. Scan the QR code, and fill up the order form 长按下方二维码，填写预订表单
2. Make your payment via WeChat or AliPay. 通过微信或支付宝进行预订
3. Show up at Bread etc. to pick up your log cake! 前往Bread etc. 领取蛋糕！