Assemble an impressive yule log with chocolate wafers, marmalade and whipped cream, garnished with chocolate 'mushrooms' of kisses topped with nonpareils.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Beat cream, cocoa, 3 Tbs. liqueur and sugar to stiff peaks in a large bowl. Set aside. Mix marmalade with 2 Tbs. liqueur in a medium bowl. Select a platter long and wide enough to fit a 12-inch yule log with two 'knots.'

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  • On flat side of the first wafer, spread a scant teaspoon of marmalade and 1 1/2 tsps. of the cream mixture over entire surface, then top with another wafer, flat side up. Repeat until you have about 3 inches of wafers. Stand stack on its side at a slight angle on the serving platter. Keep adding to log until 16 wafers remain.

  • Stack 8 wafers, also on a slight angle, on each side of the log to form two knots.

  • Spread remaining whipped cream mix over whole log, coating completely, then create 'bark' by running fork tines along the log and each knot. Cover gently with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.

  • Using a toothpick or ice pick, make a small hole in the bottom of each nonpareil. Stick a chocolate kiss into each hole to form mushrooms. Decorate log with clusters of mushrooms, and scatter raspberries around the platter. Slice and serve.

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Nutrition Facts

389 calories; protein 3.5g; carbohydrates 42g; fat 22.9g; cholesterol 66.2mg; sodium 171mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2007
We've been making this Bûche for the past 2 Christmas holidays. It's amazing how the flavors meld together when it rests! The wafers get soft and really incorporate themselves well. This log is nice and light-- not too sweet either. We use raspberry jam with a little liquor. The nonpareils and kisses are all extra stuff. Can't say enough positive about this one!:) Read More
(16)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2010
it was tasty but othing special. probably wont make again Read More
(1)
7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2007
We've been making this Bûche for the past 2 Christmas holidays. It's amazing how the flavors meld together when it rests! The wafers get soft and really incorporate themselves well. This log is nice and light-- not too sweet either. We use raspberry jam with a little liquor. The nonpareils and kisses are all extra stuff. Can't say enough positive about this one!:) Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2010
I made different yule logs over the past few years and they all came out too dry and tasted so-so. I tried this one last year and it was a total hit. I didn't use the liquor (kids) or the marmalade.. I just basically made the recipe that's on the wafer box. It looked great and tasted so decadent. I'll be making it again this year. Thanks for the idea! Edited to add: when I make whipped cream I usually add a little instant pudding mix. Partly because it adds flavor and sweetness but mostly because the gelatin stabilizes the whipped cream. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2006
Outstanding and easy to make! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2011
I made this for a Christmas party potluck at my boyfriend's parents house. Everyone loved it! They ate the entire thing! Even the kids loved it which surprised me because I wasn't sure if they'd like the dark chocolate flavors for the cocoa or the orange marmalade. I couldn't find chocolate wagers anywhere! I checked three different major grocery stores. I substituted with Nilla vanilla wafers and it worked out great! I also loved how everyone thought that I put so much time and effort into forming the "cake" into a log. None of them had to know that they were actually eating Nilla wafer cookies and it only took about 30 minutes of prep time =) Will definitely make again next year. Absolutely delicious! Read More
(3)
Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2010
it was tasty but othing special. probably wont make again Read More
(1)
Rating: 3 stars
11/24/2012
The alcohol was very strong for my family and I. It was difficult for me to make but I've never made a yule log before. Some directions were confusing for me as well. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2014
I made it exactly as the recipe said with one exception. I added some vanilla pudding as one reviewer suggested to the cream mixture to make it more stable. The flavor and texture were great. However if the yule log is not eaten by the day after it is made the frosting loses its fluff. Read More
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