Welcome to Day #2 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita's Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.
You will find today's awesome giveaway towards the bottom of this post, but first, I bring you another festive Christmas treat! Thing 1 came up with the concept of a Snowflake Cake, and we had a ton of fun making this pretty dessert that will get you in the holiday mood whether or not you actually have a white Christmas!
You can use any white cake recipe for this, even a box mix. The key to making the Snowflake Cake is the food coloring, and the homemade fondant. You will also need to have a snowflake cookie cutter, although you can also make your own snowflake template on cardstock using a printable from the internet or even your own drawing!
The recipe for the fondant was adapted from Clockwork Lemon. It was so easy, with only 4 ingredients that we already had on hand! Make sure you have lots of confectioner's sugar available, because you will need it! We used almost an entire 1 pound box! Also make sure you have some butter on hand to help with the stickiness.
A big thank-you goes out to Thing 1, who not only dreamed up this cake, but also made it entirely himself AND provided creative input for the photographs! I think we may have a budding food blogger here! 😉
For the cake:
- Your favorite white cake batter (can be homemade or from a box)
- Blue food coloring
- Neon blue food coloring
For the fondant:
- 1 bag marshmallows (can be regular or mini)
- Butter (to help with the stickiness)
- 1 box confectioner's sugar
- Blue food coloring
- Divide cake batter into 3 portions. Use the neon food coloring to color one portion, the regular blue food coloring to color a second portion, and leave the third portion white. Use just one or two drops at first and add more if needed to attain desired color.
- Pour about 1/2 of the white cake batter into the baking pan, followed by about 1/2 of the neon blue, then 1/2 of the regular blue. Pour the remaining batter in the same order.
- Bake according to recipe or package directions.
- While the cake is baking, prepare the fondant.
- For the white fondant, place about 3/4 of the marshmallows in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Add about 1 tablespoon of water and microwave 10 seconds at a time until the marshmallows can be stirred into a sticky bunch. It is helpful to grease your spoon with butter to help with the sticking.
- Sprinkle some confectioner's sugar onto your kneading surface, butter your hands (again to help with the sticking), and begin to knead the confectioner's sugar into the marshmallow goo until the fondant begins to stiffen.
- Roll out the fondant into a circle in preparation for laying it on the cake.
- With the remaining marshmallows, repeat the process, however before you begin to add the sugar, work in two or three drops of blue food coloring. Then continue as above.
- Roll out the blue fondant and use your cookie cutter or template to cut out a snowflake shape.
- When the cake is finished baking, let it cool completely, remove from the baking pan and place on your cake plate.
- Cover with the white fondant and smooth over the top and sides, cutting any excess.
- Place the blue snowflake fondant on top in the middle of the cake.
- Sprinkle confectioner's sugar over the cake and cake dish for a finishing touch!
Visit all the other Christmas Week Peeps for more Holiday Baking Goodness:
- Peppermint Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Wands by Cravings of a Lunatic
- Chewy Brownies by Juanita's Cocina
- Chocolate-Peppermint Puff Pastry Bites by The Weekend Gourmet
- Pomegranate Margaritas by Dinners, Dishes, and Deserts
- Gingerbread Cheesecake Cupcakes by Chocolate Moosey
- Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Maple Poached Pears and Maple Buttercream by Pineapple and Coconut
- Cranberry Bliss Bars by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Reindeer Cookies by Noshing With The Nolands
- Mo's Easy Homemade Eggnog by Food Lust People Love
- Spiced Madeleines by The Dutch Baker's Daughter
- Flourless Nutella Marshmallow Cloud Cookie Cups by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Pear and Dried Cranberry Baked Custard by See Aimee Cook
- Bacon Bark by Cooking In Stilettos
- Snowflake Cake by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
- Gingerbread Sugar Cookies by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Peanut Butter Cup Cookies by Try Anything Once Culinary
- Hot Chocolate Biscotti by Home Cooking Memories
And now on to the GIVEAWAY for today!
Today's #ChristmasWeek giveaway comes courtesy of Le Creuset. Respect for tradition and authenticity has been Le Creuset's guiding principle since 1925, and their kitchen and cook ware is known internationally.
Le Creuset's Revolution Utensil Set is available in six different colors, and it represents the next generation of functional innovations in the kitchen. Developed with chefs and culinary enthusiasts in mind, each utensil features a task-defined blade made from premium silicone, as well as a carefully crafted wood handle engineered to improve grip for a variety of kitchen tasks. The set includes one of each of the following: utensil crock, small spatula, medium spatula, spatula spoon, basting brush, jar scraper. To enter, read the details and use the Rafflecopter below!
***This giveaway is for one Le Creuset Revolution Utensil Set (winner's choice of color)! This giveaway is open to Continental US residents only . When the contest concludes, the winner will be chosen by random draw. The winner will be notified through e-mail and they will have 3 days to respond or another winner will be chosen.***
***Disclaimer: This giveaway is being provided by Le Creuset. #ChristmasWeek bloggers have not received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***