Pastry chefs throughout Paris go all out at Christmas to create astonishing versions of the traditional bûche de Noël that vary from the undeniably log-like to the absurdly abstract.
A little friendly competition seems to have emerged between the chefs as the edible creations have become increasingly outrageous and ambitious each year. These are our favourite for 2015.
To be honest, this buche from Lenôtre looks like a hot mess but there's something intriguing about this deconstructed assemblage. Is that spool of thread edible? Is that a horse riding foot rest on the top? What do horses have to do with Christmas? So many questions...
Le Bristol has looked into the universe and found inspiration for their buche from broken parts of the international space station, or so it seems. This cylindrical cake is astonishing in its precision and looks like a thoroughly contemporary interpretation of the traditional Yule log. Why not.
Is this a meta-log? A log within a log? Which came first, the log or the log? Pierre Hermé seems to be posing some ontological questions to us this Christmas in the form of an odd log that despite its striking form looks suitably delicious for the season.
OK, so this creation from Fauchon isn't so much of a buche as it is a wreath and traditionalists would wholeheartedly REJECT this shape, but these perfectly formed baubles and presents looks so precise and so beautiful we just want to pluck on from the top and discover what's inside.
How could you resist this adorable interpretation of a buche from À la Mère de Famille? It's playful, masterfully constructed and looks almost too cute to eat. We recommend pretending to be the grinch, breaking through the roof to steal all the presents under the tree. Humbug.