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Christmas Village Bundt Cake

Thursday, December 7, 2017



We love a good traditional Sponge Cake, it is easy to make and  always a crowd-pleaser. Children especially love this simple and light cake. To make it festive and perfect for Christmas I  poured yummy glaze over the cake, and I adorned the top with cute edible decorations. 

Below you will find all the recipes and tools you need to make this adorable cake.
For a visual help with decorating you can view my Video Tutorial.

Recipes you need to make this Christmas Village Bundt Cake (bundt cake pan)

Classic Sponge Bundt Cake Recipe, using the batter fill the Bundt Cake Pan and also make 1 cupcake. Bake. Cupcake will be done in about 15 minutes or so.

Gingerbread Houses -  Mini Gingerbread House CutterI used my Gingerbread Cookie Dough(recipe is just below), if you make the whole batch you will have lots of dough left, you can use it to make extra cookies. Recipe can also be halved. 

Gingerbread Cookie Dough
5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2tsp ground ginger
3 tsp Saigon cinnamon
1/2tsp cloves 
1/2 tsp ground star anise(I absolutely love using this spice, it's magical ;-) )
1tsp baking powder(OMIT if making gingerbread house, and other 3D pieces, or if stamping on cookies and you don't want to cookies to spread, maintaining the clear stamped imprint)
 2eggs 
1cup room temperature, unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2cup brown sugar
1/2cup honey
1/2cup molasses
In a medium bowl whisk together flour, spices, set aside cream butter with sugars until mixture is light and fluffy.Gradually add eggs, honey and molasses and mix until smooth. On low speed, gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until two are well combined. Turn the dough onto a work surface and give it a little knead so it comes completely together. Chill overnight. Bake at 350F for 9-12 minutes, depends on the size of the cookies. When using small pieces for your gingerbread centerpieces, you need to watch them carefully as they bake, they will be done in less time. Thicker the cookie more time needed to bake them, .I usually bake small pieces on the same baking sheet and large pieces on the another sheet.Cool the cookies completely before decorating. 

Lemon Butter Glaze
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
Strained juice of one lemon
1/2 cup(1stick) of unsalted butter
water as needed to thin the glaze
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Melt the butter, add lemon juice, pour into a large bowl with powdered sugar. Whisk until smooth, add vanilla as desired. Use water if you need to thin it down. Pour over the cooled cake. Glaze as it cool thickens, you can also microwave it for 5-10 seconds to restore the consistency. 




To make the Mini Gingerbread Houses you need :
Gingerbread Cookie Dough - recipe above (video tutorial)
Mini Gingerbread House Cutter
White Royal Icing (video tutorial)
Piping Bag
Mini Silver Dragees
White Sanding Sugar

To make the Ice Cream Cone Christmas Tree you need :
Sugar Cones
Green stiff royal icing
Star Tip
Piping Bag
Silver dragees
Large Red Sprinkles or use Edible Red Pearls

Here is the tree before I added sprinkles and silver dragees.

For a step by step tutorial on how make my Christmas Village Bundt Cake please view my full  Video Tutorial

Pretty Christmas Gingerbread Advent Centerpiece

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Advent started on Sunday and I wanted to wish you all Happy Holiday season. Light the candle and enjoy.

To make Berry Branch Gingerbread Advent Centerpiece you need:

Tools:

Octagonal Cookie Cutter
Disposable Piping Bags
Food only paint brush
Edible Markers  by FooDoodlers
Americolor Food Colorings : brown, super red, and super black

Candles
Consistencies : Brown icing for the branches 15 second, white icing for the base 15 second consistency, red and black 25-30 second

Recipes
Gingerbread Dough for Centerpieces - if making your own house panels
Royal Icing 



Make the base as big or as small as you wish, I hand cut a large rectangle using a bench scraper, then I used a small cutter to cut out corners. To make the opening for the candles I used octagonal shape cookie cutter but you can use a round, star, heart shape if you wish. Be sure to adjust the size of the base accordingly. I like to bake my gingerbread decorations until they are fully thoroughly baked so when they cool they are hard to the touch.

Berry branch designs are so pretty.



If you'd like to view a step by step tutorial on how to make this advent centerpiece you can find a video tutorial here.