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Five bûches de Noël to blow your mind

Sometimes Christmas tradition needs a shake-up. Here are the five wackiest yule logs available in Paris

You've sourced the oysters, foie gras and champagne but have yet to find the pièce de résistance - a classic bûche de Noël; light sponge cake iced with buttercream, decorated with plastic reindeer, fir trees and fake snow. But if you want to stick two fingers up at tradition, get your paws on one of these eye-popping bûches de Noël. Yule be the most popular person at the dinner table.

For the gourmand • La bûche Thoumieux

The famous Gâteaux Thoumieux team are taking us on a journey to the Black Forest, via Paris. Dark chocolate ganache with citrus notes, dried fruits, honey, chocolate whipped cream with flaked cacao and green cardamom and morello cherry jelly. Seriously luxe.

Where? Instore from December 15

How much? €75 for 6 people

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7th arrondissement

For the animal lover • La bûche Yann Couvreur

The gifted young pâtissier Yann Couvreur opened his first shop this year and this bûche comes prettily stamped with his spirit animal (and logo) - the fox. This chestnut log includes Sacher biscuits, vanilla cream, meringue and confit chestnuts. Yum.

Where? Order on the site from 1 December

How much? €90 for an eight-person bûche, and others from €32 for 4

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10th arrondissement

For the bookworm • La bûche Pouchkine

Julien Alvarez, the new pastry chef at Café Pouchkine, has fashioned his bûche in the shape of a bookshelf – an appropriate tribute to the café’s eponymous hero. Imagine a dark chocolate base, biscuit fondant and salted caramel cream, embellished with raspberry confit. Magnifique.

Where? At Café Pouchkine

How much? €105 for 6-8 people

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Chaussée d'Antin
For the petrol head • La bûche Iconik

For the petrol head • La bûche Iconik

The master éclair maker, Christophe Michalak, is doing a VW camper van yule log perfect for any sweet-toothed car enthusiast. Expect a crunchy pecan cookie base with maple syrup mousse and raspberry-blueberry confit. Belt up folks, this could be the ride of your life.

Where? In Michalak’s three shops or on the site

How much? €98 for 7-8 people, €48 for 6

For the cheese fiend • La bûche fromagère

For the cheese fiend • La bûche fromagère

Beaufort alpage, Saint-Maure de Touraine, Cheddar, Tomme brulée and fourme d'Ambert blue cheese, packed together and covered in truffled goat’s cheese mousse, with a scattering of nuts. Yes, this is for real. The guys at the online fromagerie Tentation Fromage have just made your wildest dreams (or nightmares) come true.

Where? On the Tentation Fromage site

How much? €160

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By: Max Carleton-Smith