Holiday,  Vegetarian

Winter Wonderland Vanilla Bean Snowflake Cakes (Ding-Dongs!)

♫…..Sleigh bells ring, are you listenin’? In the lane, snow is glistenin’!♫………

Can you believe it’s the week of Christmas? That’s a rhetorical question, of course you can’t! Wow that went by at light speed and now there are just a few short day left to enjoy this year. I know there isn’t a lot of time left but I thought I’d try to squeeze in a few more super Christmasy things while I still can.

This is going to be my song inspired week. I’m doing a few recipes that are inspired by foods mentioned in popular Christmas songs. And speaking of Christmas songs, have you been getting in your quota of Christmas music this year? If not, it’s still not to late to start a non-stop playlist. Nostalgic Christmas songs are one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season and I feel it’s completely acceptable to listen to them up until January 2nd. Oh sorry, how dare I mention the dreaded first month of the year when we’re supposed to be celebrating! Only happy thoughts are allowed for the rest of the year, are we on the same page? Okay, good.

These are probably a little familiar for those of you who’ve grown up anywhere that markets those little Christmas tree shaped cakes with a little girl named Debbie’s face on the box. Yeah, you know what I mean. Oh my, I know packaged foods are so bad and that childhood memories of tastes are never accurate, but the chubby little me could have eaten so many of those if allowed. I remember them at our school Christmas parties every year. They were my favorite but I know they’re so bad. Has anyone else heard that they put flavor enhancers in them that literally trick your brain into not wanting to stop eating them? It’s probably not true but you have to admit it sounds legit.

I used my favorite vanilla frosting and cake recipes for these and then made a pourable royal icing to coat them. I couldn’t decide what design I liked better for the top, piping snowflakes or using white chocolate to make toppers in the same mold I baked the cakes in. I ended up including both so you can decide. Oh, and that mold, it’s a silicone cake pan and I have a bunch of different shapes of the same kind of mold because they’re the best! I can’t find the exact one I have but this one is almost the the same from what I can tell. If you prefer though, you can just make these in cupcake shapes and pipe frosting to look like snowflakes on top.

One more little thing I just wanted to note was the royal icing I used to coat these. I use fresh egg whites in my royal icing the old-fashioned way because we buy free range eggs from a local source. However, since I know the risk of salmonella concerns a lot of you I’m including a version with dried egg white powder as there is no risk if you prefer to do it that way. Another option you can use is white chocolate.

Okay, I think that’s it. These are a little more effort than making cupcakes but they are a major step above cupcakes so it’s completely worth it. You’ve still got time to make them. Hey, even if you don’t have time this week they’d be great for New Year’s too.

I hope you guys are all having a great holiday season with friends and family!



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