I made the Jacques Torres recipe for Buche de Noel this year and WOW!. It is great! Yes, it takes a lot of steps. Plan ahead; do what you can in advance. It is simply a spectacular holiday cake. It looks and tastes beautiful. I recommend this most for experienced bakers or at least patient new comers, who can follow a recipe carefully. The recipe can be found in a google search and it is in Torres' cookbooks.