Alternative Cake Recipes To Try This Christmas
Plum cakes are the grandfather of Christmas. While it’s comforting to stick to the old traditions, you can risk missing out on the new beginnings. So why not spice it up a little and make new traditions? Let’s look at some new cake recipe ideas for Christmas.
5 Unconventional Christmas Cake Recipes
For all those people who are looking for something out of the box this Christmas, you’re in for a treat! Here are five unconventional cake recipes that you would love.
Rum and Raisin Ice-Cream Cake
An Italian dessert at your service. An equal part of the rum raisins in this cake is sure to make your guests want more. While making the cake, if you’re using raisins soaked in rum, the alcohol flavour can be too overpowering, making it taste bitter. Fortunately, you can also add rum to the cake batter to make it taste better.
Partly derived from a European brioche-like cake, Gugelhupf was traditionally made for huge gatherings. Its unique shape and name actually come from Dave Dalquist’s idea to design the Bundt pan. He added the extra T in the name for trademark purposes. Whip up a delicious Scandinavian recipe to honor this Nordic pan.
Lemon Drizzle Cake
Britain’s favourite tea-time recipe just got better! The pound cake was first made in England and lemon drizzle cake is most probably a version of it. Fat is an essential ingredient of this cake. But for those who want to watch their weight a little, you can switch full-fat milk with skimmed or vegan milk and castor sugar with either honey or dates.
First developed in Dundee, on the Scottish East Coast, the cake became a household name in the whole of Scotland. It is stuffed with almonds, nutmegs, moist raisins, and tart orange peel. To make it look exactly like the traditional Dundee cake, you can decorate the top with almond chips in concentric circles. Voila! Your Dundee cake is ready to serve.
What screams Christmas more than gingerbread? The first-ever known gingerbread recipe came straight from Greece in 2400 BC. Then came the Chinese and at last were the Europeans. Top your Gingerbread cake with vanilla cream sauce, bananas, and whipped cream to enjoy the season’s best.
5 Popular Types of Fruit Cakes for Christmas Celebrations
Yes, I know the wacky cakes are not for everyone, which is why I have comfortable and easy-to-try recipe ideas for fruit cakes you can make this Christmas.
Fresh Fruit Cake
Imagine Constantine the Great enjoying a freshly made fruit cake while giving an order to decapitate a poor soul. Fruit cake has its roots in England, But it’s been around since ancient Roman times. Traditionally this recipe calls for barley mash, pomegranate seeds, raisins, and honeyed wine. Adding a twist to it are the fresh fruit cakes. Layer your simple moist sponge cake with fresh whipped cream and seasonal fruits.
Eggless Fruit Cake
Use a vanilla cake or a chocolate sponge cake as the base. Add sugar syrup and whipped cream between each layer of the cake. Before the second icing, rest the cake in the fridge for about 30 mins and proceed with the second batch. Add a chocolate ganache or dip your fruits in it and add them on top of the cake while decorating it.
Candied Holiday Fruit Cake
Here’s what you need for an easy candied holiday fruit cake. Take chopped pecans, candied pineapples, cherries, and orange peel along with the basic ingredients of a cake such as flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, butter, and vanilla extract. Mix the candied fruits with flour and add it to the rest of the wet ingredients. Stick to the regular baking time and there you go! Enjoy it with some mulled wine under a mistletoe.
Light Fruit Cake
Not a fan of molasses, brown sugar, black currants, and dark liquor? I’ve got you, Cheri. Perfect as a wedding door gift, light fruit cake can be easily packed into small boxes. Replace alcohol with orange and lemon juice and keep the same ingredients as in the candied fruit cake. You have at your table a firm, light, and buttery delight.
List of Different Types of Sponge Cakes to Dig in this Christmas
Now that we have the fancy stuff sorted, let’s look at the basic sponge cake recipe ideas you can bake all year along.
Eggless Chocolate Sponge Cake Recipe
Are you ready to bake an incredibly moist, light, and delicious classic sponge cake? You need 1- ½ cup cake flour, 1tsp baking soda, 1 cup castor sugar, 3 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 cup ice-cold water, 7 tbsp cooking oil, 1 ½ tsp vanilla essence, and 1 tbsp white vinegar. Mix all the dry and wet ingredients separately, then combine them together using a cut and fold method. Bake the batter in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 40-50 mins. And you’re done!
Eggless Vanilla Sponge Cake Recipe
Eggless Vanilla sponge cake can have the exact same ingredients as chocolate sponge cake. Follow the same steps but avoid adding cocoa powder to the batter.
Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe
Also known as Queque, delivers a heartwarming and soul-melting flavor. You need 1- ½ cup cake flour, 1 ½ tsp baking powder, 1 cup castor sugar, 1 1/2 cup milk, 1 cup butter, 1 ½ tsp vanilla essence, and 2 eggs at room temperature. Sift all the dry ingredients in one bowl and set it aside. Beat the butter and sugar mix till it's fluffy and add the rest of the wet ingredients in it. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together and whisk it till there are no lumps. Bake the batter in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 40-50 mins. And you’re done!
Master Perfecting your Christmas Cake
As long as you know the basics of baking, you’ll soar high. If you want to mature and preserve the cake for a longer time, you need to feed it. Feeding your fruit cakes with alcohol such as whiskey or brandy is the best way to develop a better flavour. You can feed the cake four times with a gap of two weeks between each feed. What’s Christmas without a cake? Enjoy this season of celebration and reflection with a gooey dessert such as a cake.
As long as you know the basics of baking, you’ll rise high.