Hi everyone and happy mid-week!
Remember how I said in my last post that things will start to get festive around here soon?
Well, how about now?! ;-)
I absolutely love Christmas and especially the time leading up to the actual holiday, because everyone tends to be in such a cheery mood, lights are everywhere, the Christmas markets will start soon and it is also that time of year where family and friends come together for parties and (in our case) cake.
A lot of my family's birthdays are in November, in fact, it is my grandmother's birthday today (Happy Birthday, Oma!), so I thought I will share two festive cakes with you, which sort of hint at the season but are not entirely Christmas-loaded yet.
I made this simple chocolate cake for my grandfather's birthday (also in November) last year. The cake tasted amazing but just looked a bit boring and not very festive at all. So I took some (clean) rose lace fabric, placed it over the cake and sprinkled icing sugar over it. Then, carefully remove the fabric and you will be left with a beautiful pattern like this. So simple, yet super effective. The texture and white color of the icing sugar remind me of snow, which is obviously very fitting to the season, without being directly Christmas- related.
I think I made this cake for my grandmother already two years ago and again, the idea was to make something festive without it screaming "Christmas", as the focus was on her birthday after all.
The inside was a red velvet cake with a white chocolate coating and crispy chocolate balls on top. The sides were covered with cacao powder. I really like this star cake pan, isn't the shape just adorable?
For more inspiration, I made a list of my five favorite pre-Christmas cakes, which would be perfect for any celebration or party during the festive season. I love how they subtly convey that festive mood, without going overboard. You could top them off with a candle and they would be perfect for a birthday around this time of the year as well :-)
Happy baking and celebrating!