On December 25th, many people everywhere across the world are sharing warmth to celebrate the birth of Christ. You should be aware that Christmas is one of the most popular festivals in the world, and people look forward to celebrating it each year with tremendous passion and excitement. People would gather with their loved ones, decorate their homes, exchange wishes and presents, all happening in one joyful day. Even though gathering with family or friends might be difficult due to various reasons for some of us. Therefore we should spend some effort to make it extraordinary and memorable when we have the chance.
Christmas Cakes Ideas
Every year on December 25th, Christians and many non-Christians celebrate it with a lot of fun, joy, prayers, meetings, and family gatherings. We all know that foods and desserts bring people together. Besides delightful taste, meals also offer warmth and comfort, especially sweets. Cakes are a crucial component of Christmas you can’t leave out. Because Christmas cakes are the symbol of celebration. It’s a ritual to share cakes with your loved ones, whether they’re your family or friends.
It’s all started in English, as a token of reward to themselves and to fill their stomachs after fasting, people begin to make plum porridge for Christmas Eve. After that, dried fruits, honey, were added to the mixture, and then through time, it turned into Christmas puddings, and later, Christmas cakes. Christmas cakes are baked in several ways, although most of them are variants of traditional fruitcakes. There are many variations of the classic Christmas fruitcakes, with various textures, shapes, creams, and glazings. Here are some recommendations for you!
This fruity cake is originally from Europe. The meaning behind the name of this dessert is “large cake,” which is taken from its massive and tall shape. With the dome-like shape, airy texture, and strong honey scent, Panettone is perfect for Christmas. The taste of Panettone is not as sweet as it smells. Rather than sweet, buttery fits better. Usually, people put raisins, cherries, and candied orange peel into the mix. It’s more satisfying to enjoy Panettone with gelato, mascarpone cream, and chocolate spread.
Tunis cake is a traditional British Christmas dessert that has been popular for decades and loved by many. The delicate lemon sponge cake melts in your mouth. Of course, we can’t forget to mention the classic chocolate ganache icing. You can also flavor your chocolate ganache with nutmeg or almond. To make the cake looks more festive, you can add fresh strawberries on top of the icing. Besides, the sweet and fresh taste of strawberry goes well with Tunis cake.
“Golden cake” or Pandoro is also a popular Christmas sweet in Europe. The texture of a well-baked Pandoro on the outside is described as crusty. Contrary to the outside texture, the inside of the cake is light and fluffy. Nothing else could be the perfect addition to a warm and soft cake other than sugar icing. Also known as the sister of Panettone, Pandoro is also a classic match for gelato, butter, and chocolate.
This Scottish fruitcake is very distinguishable due to its unique almond toppings. If you prefer to have a citrusy dessert, Dundee cake is the perfect option for you. The citrusy and tangy punch from this comforting dessert comes from the candied orange peels and whisky, which make this cake stands out compared to other choices of sweets. It’s best to enjoy this fruitcake with a cup of warm floral tea, such as rose tea and jasmine tea.
This cake is a traditional German rolled fruitcake with marzipan and dried fruit filling, topped with a generous amount of sugar icing as if the cake is covered in snow. That makes this cake perfect for December 25th. The ingredients that make the taste of Christollen left marks on many are rum and orange juice. The sweet taste of rum and the citrusy flavor of orange juice, coated with sugar is a match made in heaven.
Christmas Cake Decorating Ideas
People love to decorate their Christmas cakes. You can also bring your family together in the baking and decorating process. Because activities like this will strengthen the bond between family members. Besides, most people enjoy baking cakes just as much as they enjoy eating them. So, here are some decorating ideas you can apply to beautify your Christmas cakes.
You can make a mini edible snowman and put it on the top of your cake with white fondants. Not only snowman, but you can also make a lot of decorations out of fondants, such as socks, hats, and many more. If you want to make pine trees decorations, you can make them out of pistachios paste and a swirl of green-tinted cream or green tea flavored icing. You can also make a mini Rudolf out of cake crumbles and chocolate icing. Just let your imagination free and remember to have fun in the process of decoration. Besides the previously mentioned cake, you can still have some more sweets to fill your dining table. Such as cupcakes, pop cakes, cookies, and puddings.
How to make memorable Christmastime
There are various things you could do to make the celebration day of Christ feels special and memorable. Making it special doesn’t necessarily mean you have to do something complicated. Sending letters of invitation for some friends or relatives to come and enjoy the joyful day with you is not hard to do. Spending time with loved ones always becomes a pleasing memory, something you can’t easily forget, and would paint a smile on your face every time it flashes in your mind.