Best for: keeping it simple
Difficulty: as easy as falling off a log
It's amazing what you can do with five ingredients and a dusting of icing sugar. Bursting with boozy Morello cherries and snowy whipped cream, this super-simple log is ideal if you're not mad on icing. The sponge is made with dark chocolate instead of cocoa powder for a bit of extra oomph, and it's nut-free, too.
Via: William Reavell
Best for: show-offs
Difficulty: easier than it looks
If you want full marks for presentation, this is the log for you. Craggy homemade chocolate bark is an inspired touch, while traditional sugar-paste mushrooms make it a proper bûche de Noël (don't sweat it, just buy them ready-made).
Via: Clare Winfield
Best for: traditionalists
Difficulty: perfectly do-able
This recipe separates egg yolks and whites to make this classic chocolate log extra light and fluffy. No sugar in the cream stops things from getting too sweet and a good glug of brandy means it's good for grown-ups. Make two and push them together to create one big branch if you’ve got loads of people coming... or you're just feeling greedy.
Via: Laura Edwards
Best for: nut lovers
Bling bling! We're quite dazzled by this nutty take on the classic Yuletide log. Cocoa sponge is brushed with syrup, buttercream is made with praline paste and the whole thing is covered with gold-dusted hazelnuts. In a nutshell, it's fabulous.
Via: Jonathan Gregson
Best for: chocoholics
Ooh, moody. If you're serious about chocolate, give this smouldering sugar sensation a go – it celebrates the trinity of rich buttercream, light sponge and rustic chocolate shavings, and uses some clever cheffy techniques to take things up a notch. Cut yourself a fat slice and serve with a few fresh raspberries.