CHRISTMAS CAKE: A WINTER WONDERLAND CENTERPIECE

Cakes, Cookies, Pies, Snow, Horse-drawn carriage fairytales bring a special magic to the holiday season. It brings out the little kid in all of us. And so, I couldn’t let the magic of this season pass without creating my very own Winter Wonderland Cakes, which are now the centerpiece for my holiday table!

A very dear friend gave me the cake mold at Thanksgiving. She said, “It reminded me of you”. I must admit, I was a bit intimidated by all the intricate carvings inside the mold and feared I might not be able to get the cake out in one piece. So, I thought and thought, long and hard about the type of batter I would need to make, to be firm and stand proud if I were able to get them out of the pan. I DID IT!! I am so proud of these little cakes that are not only firm, like a pound cake, but being the adult-kid baker here, I took liberties to add a little booze as well… Whipped Vodka, (Pinnacle, Whipped flavored French Vodka), to be exact! Since when did vodka come in so many crazy flavors? Who cares, it is dang delicious.

I promise you this cake is so easy to make that anyone who has never baked or is just starting to bake, like your little ones wanting a piece of the kitchen action at holiday time too, can make this cake. Dry ingredients get mixed, then wet ingredients in a separate bowl, mix them together and pour into a baking dish and it is perfectly baked!

Ingredients – Makes 6 small cakes or 1 large

  • Flour – 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • Sugar – 1 3/4 cups
  • Baking powder – 2 teaspoons
  • Baking soda – 3/4 teaspoons
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Butter – 2 sticks (16 tablespoons), softened or melted and cooled
  • Eggs – 4
  • Mascarpone or Cream cheese – 1 cup
  • Vodka, Rum or vanilla extract – 1 tablespoon

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Preparation – Preheat oven to 350

Prepare baking pan(s) by spraying it well with non-stick spray and then dust flour evenly around the pan. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. Whip wet ingredients together in a separate larger bowl. Slowly whisk in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Scoop the thick batter into the prepared pan 3/4 the way up and bake for 30 – 45 minutes depending on the size of the pan and when a toothpick comes out clean.

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Cool completely before spreading icing or dusting with powdered sugar. ENJOY!

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