The Art Of Decorating Christmas Cake

Festivals and party events are times for friends and loved ones to gather together. Cake has played a vital role in many events for hundreds if not thousands of years. To make the event memorable excellent cake decoration is the best way. Decoration of a cake adds special sweetness to an event and makes it extra special. Christmas is one of the most important festivals for everyone and decorating a Christmas cake is a most integral part of Christmas. Special decoration of cake makes perfect impression at any event gathering.

Decorating Christmas cake is a wonderful experience and of course is a delicious treat. Cake should be decorated considering the theme of the event. Decorating Christmas cake sometimes seems challenging but one can make it fun. It take just a bit of practice.

Choosing the proper flavor matching the theme of the event is also very important. Rose flavored cake for Valentine’s Day is perfect but it doesn’t work for Christmas. The decoration of cake depends on its shape and the flavor. Flavor decides in which color cake should be decorated. A chocolate flavored cake must be decorated in chocolate color, pineapple flavored cake should be decorated in yellowish color.

There are many types of decorations. Basically, a cake with icing, candles, glass ornaments, and pine branches are more popular. Icing is an essential ingredient for decorating a cake. Numerous choices are there for decorating a Christmas cake; one may find photo galleries useful in this process. Decorating a Christmas cake with different shapes made up of fondant and gum paste mixed with icing is an excellent idea. Cut paper snowflakes serve as elegant adornments for small cakes when a non-greasy frosting is used.

Another most important part of cake decoration is the shape; size doesn’t really matter quite as much. Choosing a proper shape for a particular event is much more important. For decorating Christmas cake the shape of a Christmas tree adds meaning. Many shapes like the heart, leaf, square or even a rounded shape can also work. A stacked cupcake can be a perfect selection for events like Christmas.

Luster dust can be used to shine the cake. For extra decoration one can spread chocolates crush over it or can mount ice cream cones filled with butter cream. Using electronic lighting around the cake is a recent and innovative decorating idea that gives a different elegant look to the cake.

Fantastic Christmas Cakes With Buttercream Poinsettias!

The poinsettia, known as the Christmas Star in its native Mexico because of its star-like shape, blooms profusely in the wild at Christmas time in Hawaii, the Caribbean islands and its native Mexico.

This Christmas plant is favored so much in the United States that its holiday season purchases total more than the annual sales of any other potted plant here with 80 percent of these plants coming from a California grower. So it stands to reason, your cakes decorated with the perennial popular poinsettia will be a big hit!

Decorating with buttercream poinsettias is a beautiful (and with the following instructions) easy way, to bring Christmas cheer to your cakes whether as a featured decoration or as part of a Christmas scene you create.

Before we go on to the piping how-to’s for this incredibly easy to make flower, here are some striking ways you can use the scarlet red (hands down, the most popular variety) poinsettia on your Christmas cakes.

-A border of small poinsettias will provide a pretty frame for many Christmas cake designs. -Poinsettias can be part of the design. For example, on a cake decorated with snowmen, pipe a poinsettia on Mrs. Frosty’s hat. -Use the Christmas star in lieu of a bow on a cake decorated as a gift (where icing ribbons run horizontally and vertically over the top and down the sides like on a package). Pipe a large poinsettia in the center. -Create a poinsettia wreath around the top of the cake. Pipe a few rows of leaf borders (using dark green icing and overlapping), and then pipe your poinsettias on top of the wreath. Then with round tip, pipe red, holly berries in between the poinsettia. In the center of the cake, write your Christmas message. -Decorate a multi-tiered, stacked Christmas cake (or Christmas wedding cake) with cascading poinsettias. -Create a bouquet of poinsettias with cup cakes. Pipe the Christmas flower on top of each cupcake and then assemble your Christmas cupcakes on a large platter. Or place them on a tiered stand, and on the top tier, arrange real poinsettias in a vase.

And here are the buttercream piping instructions for your Christmas cake poinsettias.

First, you’ll need:

-Icing bags or parchment cones.

-Leaf tips (nozzles) 352 and 366 (Poinsettia petals are technically bracts, modified leaves, so it makes sense we use a leaf tip to create them 🙂

-Buttercream icing in red, green and a tiny bit of yellow.

-White frosted cake or cupcakes. (Cream-cheese frosting or snow-white buttercream works well, but the poinsettias are also pretty on chocolate ganache.)

Directions

1. If you’re going to write a Christmas message on your cake, remember to leave room for this. Practice first because you pipe these flowers directly onto your cake (or cupcakes).

2. With red buttercream icing and tip 366 in your bag, squeeze and pull out for each petal, continuing around until you have five. The wider end of the petals will meet in the center (it’s OK if the middle is a little empty because you will be adding more petals).

3. For your second layer, stagger the petals on top of the first layer. And, you may want to add a few in between on the bottom layer.

4. Then for a more natural look, use tip 352 with green icing to stagger the green immature petals behind the bottom layer of the red. This also sets off the red nicely and creates a more Christmassy look.

5. Finally, using round tip 3, pipe a few yellow dots in the center.

Variation: You could also create the green leaves with tip 366, making them the same size as the scarlet petals. Or conversely, if you want smaller flowers, use tip 352 for the petals.

Here’s a final, but important tip for your Christmas cakes. The amount of liquid food coloring needed for your red icing will bring a bitter taste (due to Red #2 in the coloring), so here’s what you can do to battle the bitter:

– Use more concentrated forms of color gel, paste and powder colorings are all more intense than liquid. These are found in specialty stores, large crafts stores, such as Michaels, and online.

Baking the Perfect Christmas Cake

A Christmas cake is actually any type of fruitcake served during Christmas time in many countries of the world. Thus, you will often find variations of the staple Christmas cake depending on the country, which can range from diverse cultures as the United Kingdom and the United States to Japan and the Philippines.

As such, a Christmas cake may be dark or light, unleavened or leavened, crumbly and moist or sticky and wet, heavy or spongy, round or rectangular and just about decorated with all sorts of toppings and icings.

No matter the type of Christmas cake baked and served in your family, however, there are certain guidelines that must be followed to make it as perfect as possible. After all, it is Christmas and nothing less than perfect will do for such a special occasion.

Use High-Quality Ingredients

A Christmas cake is only as good as its ingredients. Come to think of it, this applies to all kinds of cooking. Anyways, always be sure that your ingredients are of the highest and freshest quality even if you have to pay a premium for it. Think high-quality candied fruits and brandy, fresh flour and baking soda, good spices and molasses.

Use Superior Quality Baking Ware

You want to avoid uneven baking as well as burning of cakes. Thus, you have to use only good quality bake ware from the pans to the bowls to the spoons. Keep in mind, too, that you have to ensure that these are very clean, dry and hygienic with no traces of oils, grease and dirt. However, it is not just the superiority of the bake ware that is important. You also have to use the right sizes of pans since it can affect the even baking of the Christmas cake. If you must substitute pans, make sure that you have a substitution chart as a guide.

Maintain Ingredients at Room Temperature

Unlike pastries and pies, the ingredients used for Christmas cakes must be used at room temperature. Take out the frozen butter well before you start baking, use lukewarm water and eggs at room temperature in order to get the best results.

Use the Oven to Your Advantage

The oven plays a big role in the making of the perfect Christmas cake. As such, it pays to ensure that it is set at the right temperature, with the right spacing between heat and cake batter, and the right baking load.

To achieve this purpose, you should install an oven thermometer, which should tell you of the precise temperature. If your oven is on the older side, the built-in thermometer may not be as accurate as it was before. You can then adjust the heat of oven depending on the recommended baking temperature for the Christmas cake.

You should also maintain constant temperature while baking the cake. This is necessary so as to ensure even baking, not to mention a nice glossy browning of the cake crust. Of course, it is also important to anticipate the period of time when you will be serving your Christmas cake. Many bakers will start preparing their fruitcakes as early as October although some cakes may require preparation in as little as a week before Christmas Eve.