Blog Archive - July 15, 2011

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July 15, 2011 - Christmas-in-July Snowflake Cake
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Why would I be making a snowflake cake in July? Perhaps for any southern-hemisphere readers? Well, not exactly. I learned about a contest being held by Southern Living (the magazine). You can read about details here. The contest says "You could see your cake on the December cover of Southern Living." The idea is to use one of their cake-batter recipes and to come up with your own white icing recipe. I was excited about the prospect of having a specially shaped cake that I made on the cover, so I decided to enter the contest. I made their cake batter, came up with an icing recipe, and used a Cake-Shaping Strip to make a snowflake-shaped cake. Then, as I prepared to shoot a cover-worthy photo of the cake, I realized that there was no place on the website to upload an image. They just wanted your recipes, and then they'd make/photograph the cake. But, alas, a snowflake cake was made. I may send a photograph to the magazine anyway. And for you, readers, this just gives you six months to keep the snowflake cake in mind for winter events:

Snowflake Cake

You'll need a Cake-Shaping Strip (look here about how to make one), a sheet pan, prepared cake batter (from about 1 box of cake mix or from one Southern-Living recipe), icing, 6 mini marshmallows, 1/2 cup coconut and some powdered sugar or edible glitter.

First, make a cake-shaping strip as described here using somewhere about 7-8 sushi-mat segments. I recommend exaggerating the snowflake segments more than I did. I think that it will look more impressive. But the more twists and turns that you include (i.e., the less circular), the more sushi-mat segments that you'll need to use. Line a baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Shape the strip into a snowflake strip, as shown below. Wrap the bottom foil around the strip and press small wads of foil into any outer corners where you think that the batter might leak due to weak foil wrapping. You'll probably need about 12 of these wads due to the sharp turns in the shape. (By the way, did you notice that I FINALLY got some new sheet pans? That was overdue.)

Snowflake Cake

Make a cake batter. You can use batter prepared from one box of cake mix, or you can use a Southern-Living recipe (shown here). They're good! Pour the cake batter in the "cake pan" and bake until the cake is done. Carefully remove the strip from the cake. Transfer the cake to your serving tray.

Snowflake Cake

Now ice the cake however you'd like. I used a variation of a white-chocolate ganache. I accentuated snowflake features using store-bought white icing. I cut mini marshmallows in half and put the on the snowflake points and center. You can use coconut to resemble snow beneath the snowflake. Maybe even toast it ... yum. And then you can make the snowflake sparkle by sprinkling or dusting on some edible glitter (or powdered sugar if you don't have the glitter). Now - doesn't this look like it belongs on a magazine cover? Happy Christmas in July!!

Snowflake Cake

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