The ultimate French dessert tradition for Christmas is the "Buche de Noel", translated as Yule log. Here is a short selection of bakeries where you will find some delicious ones!




Place your orders in advance as many bakeries are closed on Christmas eve!



Tartine, Mission district, SF

Genoise filled with espresso buttercream, meringue mushrooms, pistachio moss and Valrhona chocolate glaze.


Serving 8 or 16

Thorough Bread & Pastry, Castro district, SF

You have the choice between a chocolate whiskey hazelnut mousse flavor buche and a white chocolate raspberry mousse flavor one.

Thorough Bread & Pastry

248 Church Street (near Market Street)

Orders can be placed until December 20.

$40 each




b. patisserie

The place is renowned for its quality and sophistication.

4 recipes: Vanilla Raspberry, Chocolate Mint and Passion Fruit-Mango Cream Cheese.

b. patisserie

Orders can be placed until December 19.

Les bûches by b.patisserie



La Boulange - San Francisco et la Baie

The Christmas bûche is back at la Boulange with the renowned caramel sauce. 

La Boulange

Salted Caramel & Chocolate

You can order until December 21, 2014.

Or visit your neighborhood Boulange on December 13th, 2014. It's pre-order day with a special offer.




In Marin and beyond...


In Marin, a friend recommends 2 addresses with Holidays recipes that look so good and gourmet!


Rustic Bakery, Marin 

Meyer Lemon Tarte with Blackberry Coulis!

Rustic Bakery

Novato & Larkspur


Emporio Rulli

A reference in the Bay. Original location is in Larkspur. A pretty wide selection of Holidays recipes.

Freschezza, Primavera, Sacripantina...

They offer a buche too. Call it Tronco di Natale!

Emporio Rulli

464 Magnolia avenue, Larkspur

Menu de Noël.



Bouchon Bakery, Napa

Bouchon Bakery offers one chocolate recipe, large size and tiny one. Share it or have your own one, it's up to you.

Bouchon Bakery

6528 Washington Street, Yountville


Menu de Noël



East Bay...


La Farine, East Bay

Chocolate Mousse rolled in Genoise cake with a Frangelico soak. Frosted with Chocolate Buttercream & decorated with fresh evergreens & Marzipane Mushrooms. Yum... 

La Farine - East Bay

(Rockridge, Dimond, Solano et Piedmont)

More Christmas desserts on

Serving 15


Masse's Pastries, Berkeley

With 5 receipes, you will find what you are looking for: mocha, chocolate-vamilla, lemon, black forest... and Cassis! Be prepared for the taste ecstasy!! We tried them last year and it was a pure delight with, on top of it, a nice and warm welcoming service in the bakery.

You can place your order until December 20, 2014.

Masse's Pastries

1469 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Masse's Pastries

Holiday Menu



La Bedaine, East Bay
La Bedaine offers not only Buches de Noel in 2 flavors: gianduja (chocolate-hazelnut), and dark chocolate, but also four typical French desserts to die for : tarte Tatin, Millefeuille, Paris-Brest, Saint Honore! 
La Bedaine
1585 Solano Av, Berkeley
Buches serving 6,
Order by Dec 20.



And in the Peninsula...


Fleur de Cocoa

4 recipes, 3 with chocolate and one with Raspberry jam.

You can pre-order starting December 10.

Fleur de Cocoa

39 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos

Les buches by Fleur de Cocoa






Douce France

In Palo Alto, Douce France offers a choice of 3 different sizes (6,8 or 10 persons), 3 fillings (chocolat, vanilla or orange) and 3 frostings (chocolate, vanilla or mocha). Custom made buche!

Douce France

855 El Camino Real

Town & Country Village - Palo Alto




And take a look at our useful addresses for other Bakeries and Pastry shops in SF and the Bay.