FoodBake your way to a merry Christmas: Mastering the perfect holiday cake from scratch

Bake your way to a merry Christmas: Mastering the perfect holiday cake from scratch

Recipe for aromatic holiday cake
Recipe for aromatic holiday cake
Images source: © Adobe Stock | Mara Zemgaliete
7:17 AM EST, December 17, 2023

Discover the ingredients that are instrumental to its success and master tips that will render your cake exceptionally scrumptious. Brace yourself for the holiday baking like a seasoned pro and stun your guests with this extraordinary dessert.

Holiday cake perfect for Christmas

Christmas is a season filled with joy, familial warmth, and unforgettable tastes. A standout among them is certainly the holiday cake. This traditional dessert imbues a magical element to every festive table. Try the recipe for the holiday cake, that impresses not just with its presentation, but also with its distinct flavor.

The holiday cake is a fusion of simplicity and sophistication. Its preparation doesn't necessitate prolonged hours or specialized culinary abilities, enabling you to turn into a master baker within the comfort of your own home. This cake is an excellent choice for those who wish to concoct "something sweet" for Christmas swiftly and effortlessly.

Ingredients for the holiday cake

The journey to the perfect holiday cake commences with the procurement of the right ingredients. They include:

● 4.4 cups of wheat flour,

● 1.25 cups of sugar,

● 0.44 lbs of soft butter,

● 4 eggs,

● a teaspoon of baking powder,

● 2 teaspoons of gingerbread spice,

● 0.22 lbs of ground nuts (for instance, walnuts or hazelnuts),

● 0.33 lbs of dried fruits (such as raisins, cranberries),

● zest grated from 1 orange,

● 0.42 cups of milk.

Preparation method for the holiday cake

Wondering how to prep the holiday cake? Here are the step-by-step instructions:

1) Getting the dried fruits ready: Soak the dried fruits in hot water and let them sit for about 20 minutes until they become tender. Then drain and dice finely.

Holiday cake is always a feast for the palate.
Holiday cake is always a feast for the palate.© Canva | Alexthq

2) Dough preparation:

  • Take a large bowl and cream the soft butter along with the sugar till the mixture becomes light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs gradually, beating without pause.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and gingerbread spice. Slowly incorporate it into the butter mixture, stirring gently.
  • Now, mix in the ground nuts, finely chopped dried fruits, and the grated orange zest.
  • Last of all, pour in the milk to achieve the desired consistency for the dough.

3) Baking:

● Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

The ingredients for the holiday cake are the basis for a successful bake.
The ingredients for the holiday cake are the basis for a successful bake.© Canva | GMVozd

● Line your baking pan with baking paper or smear with butter.

● Shift the cake batter into the pan and smoothen it out.

● Bake for approximately 50-60 minutes, until the cake turns golden and a toothpick inserted into the center emerges clean.

4) Cooling and final touch:

● Following baking, let the cake cool in the pan before moving it onto a rack.

● Before serving, you could adorn the cake with a sprinkling of powdered sugar, a drizzle of chocolate glaze, or frosting and candied fruits, depending on your preference.

● Keep in mind, each oven bakes differently, so it's advisable to monitor the cake during baking.

Equipped with all the steps, you can effortlessly whip up this extraordinary holiday cake that is bound to astound your guests.

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