Bakeries that sell yule logs/Bûche de Noël for Christmas?

buche de noelKim asks a seasonally-appropriate question via Twitter:

Are there any bakeries in the cap region that sell yule logs/ buche de Noel for Christmas?

If you don't know Bûche de Noël from a bush, it's a traditional French Christmas dessert -- a sponge cake that's been frosted, rolled up, and then frosted and decorated to look like a yule log. [Wikipedia] [Serious Eats]

We had some vague memory that Mrs. London's in Saratoga makes Bûche de Noël (probably thanks to Ellen). So we gave them a call (581-1652 x303) -- and they do! Mrs. London's makes three types of Bûche, and each serves 10-12 people. They're $65 and must be pre-ordered and prepaid. Orders should be in at least a week before Christmas. And Mrs. London's is open until 4 pm on Christmas Eve if you want to pick up at the last moment.

Has anyone had the Bûche from Mrs. London's? We'd love to hear how it is.

And if you have a suggestion about other places for Bûche de Noël/yule logs, please share!

photo: Andrew Pendleton via Wikipedia

Comments

I saw them at Hannaford in Latham a few days ago. Can't imagine the quality would even approach Mrs. London's, but if you're in a pinch or on a budget...

I love these. Also I am a huge fruitcake fan.

We've brought Mrs. London's Buche de Noel to several Christmas dinners, and they are always a huge hit. It's such a decadent concoction, yet somehow doesn't seem too rich after the traditional Christmas roast. To add to the merriment, you should add some sabayon (rum infused whipped cream). Not cheap, but the presentation always elicits a "wow" from the crowd, and it's delicious the next day, too!

The Placid Baker, at 250 Broadway in Troy, had an amazing Bûche de Noël last year. We enjoyed it for several days and it didn't dry out. I don't know if they are planning on making them again this year, but you can call them at (518) 326-2657 and ask.

I am a chocolate lover! That cake looks so good.
I am looking for seven layer cake, the kind that Joe's Restaurant on Madison Ave used to have. It had alternate mocha frosting, with dark chocolate frosting on top, and pistachios sprinkled .

Does anyone know of a place in the Capital region that makes La Tourtiere, a French Canadian pork pie?

We're making them at Crisan :)

I had a magnificent Buche de Noel from Crisan at my nephew and niece-in-law's on Christmas Day - almost too beautiful to cut, but it was out of this world. Everyone took pictures of it first, and then we savored every delicious delectable bite. Thanks Crisan (and Jeremy and Laura) for the Christmas treat!
Tres jolie and tres tres bien!

My wife and I saw them for sale at the Fresh Market in Latham the other day

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