The bûche de Noël, or Yule log, is a sweet — if somewhat bizarre — holiday dessert designed to evoke the warmth and festivity of the hunk of wood traditionally burned on Christmas to bring good luck. The concept is simple: a thin sheet of cake smothered with icing, and then rolled into a cylinder and frosted yet again. And as with any classic French recipe, over the years a great number of variations have sprung up. These gourmet versions incorporate the original elements of the Yule log, but we can promise they won’t look like anything you’ve ever made in an intro to French cooking workshop. Here are the best of the most beautiful bûche de Noël.