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Cakespy: Buche de Thanksgiving

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The Buche de Thanksgiving has some attitude. [Original artwork and photographs: Jessie Oleson]

Nobody ever makes Thanksgiving cakes (or if they do, they've never invited me to dinner). So in an effort to right this grievous wrong, I have adapted a traditional Christmas cake—the Bûche de Noël, or the Yule Log—for Thanksgiving.


Do pumpkin pies have marzipan drumsticks? Yeah, didn't think so.

The November version starts with pumpkin cake rolled with rich cream cheese filling, and gets even better when liberally slathered with chocolate cream cheese frosting and finished off with sweet marzipan detailing. Perhaps this all sounds like a bit much, but I assure you, one bite of the Bûche de Thanksgiving will allay such fears. Consider it a sweet alternative to pumpkin pie, and a rich and tantalizing amuse-bouche before the more predictable Bûche de Noël in December.


About the author: Jessie Oleson is a Seattle-based writer, illustrator, and cake anthropologist who runs Cakespy, an award-winning dessert website.

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