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 the Chocolate buche, a chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and chocolate frosting, and the Tiramisu buche, vanilla chiffon cake with tiramisu cream and coffee buttercream.

Thorough Bread

Serving 6 to 10



b. patisserie

The place is renowned for its quality and sophistication.

4 recipes: Vanilla Raspberry, Chocolate and Hazelnut, Chocolate, Coffee and Salted Caramel, Roasted Pear and Cream Cheese.

b. patisserie



La Boulange - San Francisco et la Baie

The Bûche de Noel is back at la Boulange. Chocolate flavor offered in a very nice box with a bunch of traditional decorations. 

For yourself or as a present.

La Boulange

Whole buche , half buche or a slice for one person



Bouchon Bakery, Napa Valley

Chocolate biscuit, gianduja Cremeux, praline Chantilly, crystallized hazlenuts.

or... Vanilla bean mousse, vanilla custard, Cointreau-soaked vanilla- orange cake.

Bouchon Bakery -Yountville Napa Valley

Serving 4 to 6 (8'')

Serving 8 to 10 (12")



In Marin, a friend recommend 2 addresses. No Christmas buches, but 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...

Emporio Rulli

464 Magnolia avenue, Larkspur




La Bedaine, East Bay

La Bedaine offers not only Buches de Noel in three flavors: coffee, 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 21.



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, caramel, lemon, black forest, marron.

Masse's Pastries

1469 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley





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