^It's not hard but you need a lot of components and they require a certain amount of baking skill. Check out Joe Pastry's:

http://www.joepastry.com/category/pastry/buche-de-noel/

You can do a different design and change up the components (like chocolate sponge for example), but he has a good breakdown of the classic.

You can and should do most of the components ahead of time so that all you do is assemble on the day.

Last edited by Saria; 12-23-2012 at 12:22 PM.