I grew up in a family where the centerpiece of the table was most likely some silk flowers or maybe some plastic holly with candles sticking out of it. But man, nothing really says “abundance” like edible holiday centerpieces: anything from bowls of fruits and nuts artfully arranged to more elaborate confections: a beautifully decorated cake, gingerbread houses, bûche de Noël, croquembouche. Once you finish your meal, just slice up your centerpiece and have it for dessert.
Today, I’m bringing you a round up of edible holiday centerpieces, specifically bûche de Noël (bûches de Noël?). I think some people are a bit intimidated by the thought of making a bûche de Noël, especially the cake-rolling-up part. Once that part is behind you (and honestly, it doesn’t matter one little bit if it cracks some as you start to roll), it’s all about the decoration. So here’s a round up of some beautiful, creative edible holiday bûche de Noël centerpieces.
Note that while some of these are decorated to look like realistic logs, many are just evocative because of the shape of the cake. No need to get stressed out if you’re not crafty–just decorate yours in a way that reflects your own aesthetic.