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Where can i buy delicious but light and beautiful Buche de Noel?

myra Dec 7, 2012 11:04 AM

Meringue mushrooms are a must. My ideal would be a no-flour chocolate roll filled wi whipped cream, dusted with cocoa powder and confectioners sugar, decorated with meringue mushrooms, and maybe some holly leaves and raspberry holly berries.

Anyone encountered one like this? I don't want a too heavy, too rich, miles of buttercream and ganache. No one will eat it, after a big meal.

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    cwdonald RE: myra Dec 7, 2012 02:06 PM

    Myra, what part of the philadelphia area are you you looking to purchase the cake from. There are some potential options in the burbs, but if you are in Center City I do not want to waste your time.

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      myra RE: cwdonald Dec 7, 2012 02:35 PM

      I live in mt. Airy. I checked with Cake and The Night Kitchen, and they both will have it. Just thought I'd hear from Chowhounds. Near suburbs are okay, but further out becomes unknown territory for us, so no Southampton, or horsham. The Main line is possible. I'm ESP. Interested if anyone has tried the cake, because beauty w/o flavor is so disappointing. Thanks

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        JanR RE: myra Dec 8, 2012 06:13 AM

        You might want to call The Bakery House in Bryn Mawr. Don't know if they do them, but I have enjoyed their cakes in the past.

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          Dempsey RE: myra Dec 8, 2012 06:40 AM

          I really lean toward The Night Kitchen over Cake. TNK 's baking is more refined and less stodgy.

      2. vicarious RE: myra Dec 8, 2012 11:27 AM

        Aux Petits Delices in Wayne has them: http://www.auxpetits.com/specialtycak...
        I haven't tried one, but I have enjoyed other cakes from there.

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          Chefpaulo RE: vicarious Dec 11, 2012 04:21 AM

          My first thought as well. I imagine it would be special order, though.

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          Unkle Al RE: myra Dec 10, 2012 10:36 AM

          Night Kitchen is probably as good as it gets. But, if you are looking for an alternative, I think that Alice's Bakery in North Wales is just as good. I have gotten cakes from both and the skill level seems to be very, very high in each of them.

          1. vicarious RE: myra Dec 11, 2012 11:43 AM

            I was at Le Petit Mitron in Narberth this morning, and they are offering five different flavors of Buche de Noel in four different sizes. The cake part for each one is genoise. They do need to be ordered in advance.

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              60s Girl RE: vicarious Dec 12, 2012 04:05 PM

              Swisshaus Bakery on 19th bet. Market and Chestnut (I think) makes very light sponge type cakes (in many flavors among them, their infamous hazlenut) with a very light whipped buttercream icing. Not sure if they do bouche noel, but it might be worth a phone call.

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