The traditional burning of the yule log may no longer be common, but the eating of it is ó or at least the eating of its culinary counterpart. To partake in that Christmas tradition, head over to the Garden of Eden in the South End, where owner Mary Lionette takes great pains to craft the intricate holiday treat, a log-shaped cake filled with rum, cream, and chocolate, and decorated with ó what else? ó bark (chocolate frosting) and mushrooms (marzipan). The super-sweet pastry serves 10 to 12 people and is made, by hand, through the holiday season; call ahead to ensure availability.
Available for $50 at Garden of Eden, 571 Tremont Street, in Boston. Call 617.247.8377.