I'm getting the ingredients together to make a buche de Noel to top off our Christmas dinner. It will not be simple. In fact, it will almost certainly be a total pain. This Yule cake, if it comes out right, looks like a log, right down to the meringue mushrooms sprouting from faux tree bark frosting, a dusting of sugar snow, and pine sprigs as garnish. The recipe involves making a sheet of rollable sponge cake, a buttercream frosting that requires using a candy thermometer to get it right, ...

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