Christmas just isn’t Christmas without holiday cakes to celebrate with. Holiday cakes make the occasion even more special and memorable. But choosing which holiday cakes to bake is intimidating sometimes because there are just so many different types to pick from. And some people might not know how to go about baking one of these fancy holiday cakes.
If you are wondering what the best cakes for your Christmas holiday party are, or which kinds your guests will love the most, you’ve come to the right place. Our spotlight list of holiday cakes includes a Santa Cake, Christmas Wreath Cake, Holiday Peppermint Cake Recipe, and Gingerbread Cake.
Holiday Cakes That Embody Christmas
When talking about Christmas holidays, we all get warm and mushy feelings that comfort our souls to the core. Christmas has a special place in our hearts. It is the time of the year when we get together with our families, relatives, and loved ones. And holiday cakes are a staple at almost any Christmas or New Year’s Day celebration.
Oh, who doesn’t love Santa? I know a lot of people, especially kids, adore Santa. A lot of us love Santa and his reindeer, who leave us gifts under the Christmas tree. But we also know that Santa is more than just a symbol of Christmas spirit and holiday cheer. As adults, our Santas may not have a white beard, jolly elves, or say “ho-ho-ho” and ride with reindeer; rather they are a kind and loving person in our lives.
And to celebrate Christmas holidays with our real “Santa,” why not bake a Santa Cake?
Ingredients and materials for the Santa Cake
To make a Santa Cake, you need the following baking equipment:
- Round tin, cake cake, and round drum
- White sugar paste
- Red, peach and black modeling paste
- Caster Sugar
- White flower paste
- Cutter and cutting wheel
- Dusting brush
- Pink edible dust color
- Edible glue and tape
- Large rolling pin and smoothers
- Christmas ribbon
How to make a Santa Cake
For more detailed directions, you can visit the source on She Who Bakes. For the snowflakes, roll out the flower paste and shape it with a snowflake plunger cutter. Leave it overnight to dry and then attach the snowflakes to the sides of the cake using edible glue.
Directions for the Santa Cake
For the cake, split and fill your cake with your buttercream. Then, put the cake on the thin board using buttercream. Then roll out the sugar paste to a 1/4 of an inch thickness.
To keep the sugar paste from sticking, lift and move it around and add more flour. Moreover, shape sugar pastes to sides of the cake and then smooth it out using smoothers.
Starting in the middle of the top of the cake, sprinkle the sugar paste onto the cake until it is secure all around. Using a crimper, crimp the edges of your icing. Then, fix your Santa cake to your iced cake drum with a little royal icing.
Santa Cake’s Santa face
For the Santa cake’s Santa face, roll out peach colored icing then form a circle using a cutter, and leave it to dry. Following the same procedure, form the white beard and the red hat which will be stuck to the Santa Cake using edible glue. For the bobble on the point of the hat, roll out a small ball of white icing with caster sugar, which will be painted and stuck using edible glue. Afterward, you can roll a small ball of peach icing which will be glued above the mustache to create the nose.
For the eyes, you need to roll two smaller balls of black icing. Meanwhile, for the pinkish cheeks of the Santa Cake, you can sprinkle pink edible dust color using a large dusting brush. This should be done after the Santa Cake is dry. Lastly, you can decorate the Santa Cake with a ribbon and bow depending on your preference.
Christmas Wreath Cake
Thinking of making a red or green or white cake, something that says “Christmas Holiday” without pushing either religious or ideological themes? Why not make a Christmas Wreath Cake instead? The Christmas Wreath Cake is a marvelous array of red, green and white colors using the classic Christmas wreath design.
Ingredients and equipment for the Christmas Wreath Cake:
- Fluted tube cake pan
- Mixing bowls
- Cooling Rack
- Baking Sheet
- Electric mixer or mixing spoon
How to make a Christmas Wreath Cake
For more detailed instructions, you can visit Betty Crocker site.
Mix the ingredients, and grease the tube pan. Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, make the red, green and white batter mixture. To make the mixture, you need to whip up the batter and add food coloring.
Next, you need to layer the different batter mixture. First, pour the white batter in a thoroughly greased pan. Second, pour in the red batter mixture over the white batter. A quick reminder: don’t blend the mixtures. Third, pour the green cake batter over the red one, and don’t stir. After which, the last layer will be the white batter mixture.
Afterward, bake the cake in the oven. Next, pull out the freshly-baked Christmas wreath cake and let it cool down. Plus to make the cake even sweeter you can drizzle melted white frosting over the cake. Then drizzle the green-colored frosting mixture over the cake. Lastly, decorate your Christmas Wreath Cake with sprinkles to make it even more festive.
When the frosting settles down the cake, you can now serve it to your friends, loved ones, and family who will surely be delighted with this cake.
Holiday Peppermint Cake Recipe
The Holiday Peppermint Cake is one of the best holiday cake recipes that you can try out. With its distinctive peppermint taste, you’ll surely delight the taste buds of your loved ones.
Ingredients for a Holiday Peppermint Cake recipe
To make the Holiday Peppermint Cake, you need white cake mix, water, eggs, vegetable oil, and peppermint syrup. For the frosting, you will need butter, powdered sugar, milk or water, and peppermint. For the equipment, you will need cake pans, a cake stand, and a spatula.
How to make a Holiday Peppermint Cake
For more details, you can check out the Love Bakes Good Cakes site.
To make the Holiday Peppermint Cake, preheat oven to 350°F and grease and flour the cake pans. Place the dry cake mix in a mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients and pour it into the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cake is done.
For the frosting, place the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat the mixture until fluffy. After which, pour the frosting over the cake.
The Gingerbread Cake can be dubbed as one of the all-time favorite holiday cakes. Its signature gingerbread design makes it appealing to both adults and kids alike.
Moreover, the Gingerbread Cake is made with ginger, cinnamon, and cloves, which makes it somewhat healthier compared to other cakes. Not to mention, it’s nice to have a slightly less sweet flavor among your desert choices.
Ingredients to make a Gingerbread Cake
For the gingerbread, you need butter, sugar, molasses, water, buttermilk, eggs, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and all-purpose flour.
For the frosting, you need cream cheese, salted butter, vanilla extract and powdered sugar.
How to make a Gingerbread Cake
To see detailed baking instructions for a gingerbread cake. Specifically, to make a gingerbread cake, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease the pans and line the pans with parchment paper. In the mixing bowl, mix the butter, sugar, molasses, water, buttermilk, and eggs. Add the other ingredients, and slowly fold in the flour. Bake the cake until done. After which, do not immediately take it out of the oven. Instead, let the Gingerbread cool for 5-10 minutes inside the oven. After removing the cake from the oven and allowing it to cool completely, put the frosting on the cake.
Try One of These Cakes This Holiday Season
This year, make your Christmas celebrations something special with any (or all) of these delightful holiday cakes. Nothing says Merry Christmas like delicious homemade food that is made with love. Happy baking!
Features Image: CC by 2.0, by Fæ Janine, via Flickr