Merry Christmas one and all. Today I am sharing this beautiful Sparkling Snowflake Cake with you.
This cake is stunning and I can take no credit for the beautiful detail. It is baked in a beautiful Bundt tin made by Nordicware Amazon, ebay and Lakeland UK are all stockists of Bundt tins, it really is worth shopping around as prices vary. These Bundt tins are not cheap, but treated with care and looked after, they will last you a life time.
The beauty of Bundt pans is the beautiful array of delightful shapes available. Although I have embellished this Sparkling Snowflake Cake with edible diamonds, a dusting of edible glitter and some piped icing, a dusting of icing sugar would be perfect on it’s own.
Our youngest daughter should have been a near Christmas baby, however, she obligingly arrived early! So this Sparkling Snowflake Cake was made for her birthday. To say she was thrilled would be an understatement!
She isn’t too keen on icing, so this cake was perfect for her. A deliciously moist vanilla sponge, dusted with flavoured icing sugar. The flavour I used is called Santa’s Snowball, perfect for this beautiful snowflake!
I had some edible diamonds and knew they would look perfect on this cake. White, edible, sparkly glitter has also been dusted on top of the icing sugar. It is a real shame that it didn’t photograph well, in any light, trust me I tried. Moving the cake aound the house to catch the small amount of sunlight that we get this time of year, shining through the windows. The lengths I will go to trying to get the perfect shot!!!!
You will just have to trust in me that this cake really, really sparkles. It looks so pretty, twinkling like a real snowflake. We may not get snow this Christmas, but you can certainly make your own!
Here is the Sparkling Snowflake Cake lit by candles for our daughter’s special day. It would make a fantastic alternative to the delicious, fruit laden Christmas Cake, that not everyone is a fan of. Set on a cake stand, or pretty plate, surrounded by tea light candles. Perfect.
Here is the incredibly detailed snowflake Bundt tin that I used for this cake, alongside is Wilton bake easy, cake release spray. I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to use cake release spray (or the brush on version) for this tin. I tried this recipe, brushing the tin with melted butter, as I have with previous Bundt bakes and the cake stuck. Badly. It was an epic disaster. I even cried – how silly is that? Determined not to be beaten by a cake tin AND with lots of tips and advice from my Bundt baker friends on Twitter, I rebaked the cake and SUCCESS. Let me tell you, this Sparkling Snowflake Cake is the sweet taste of success 😉
Now time to share how I made this wonder.
Recipe: Makes one Sparkling Snowflake Cake that will serve 12
225g/8oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature
225g/8oz Caster Sugar
225g/8oz Selfraising White Flour
4 Large Eggs
1tsp Vanilla Extract
100g Icing Sugar
Edible glitter in the colour of your choice
Method: Preheat oven to 175C/160C fan
Thoroughly spray or brush the Bundt tin with cake release. I will not judge if you want to give it a double coating (I did!).
Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
Add the salt, vanilla extract, one third of the flour and 2 eggs. Mix until just incorporated.
Add another third of flour and the last 2 eggs and mix as before.
Add the last third of flour and gently mix into the cake batter until incorporated, taking care not to over mix.
Spoon the cake batter into the Bundt tin ensuring it is evenly spread into all the points.
Place the tin in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.
The cake is cooked when pressed lightly in the center and it springs back, or an inserted skewer comes out clean.
When baked remove from the oven and place the tin on a cooling rack or trivet.
Leave for another 5 minutes if the cake doesn’t turn out immediately gently shake the tin the cake should release from the tin.
If the cake still will not turn out, gently go around the ouside of the cake with a small palette knife. Re-invert the tin onto a cooling rack, the cake should release easily.
Note: The more you use the Bundt tin the more non stick it becomes.
I made a small batch of royal icing, lightly tinted pink and piped detail onto the outer points. Edible diamonds were placed in the round dips, as seen in the photo below.
My Sparkling Snowflake Cake is as beautiful as it is delicious. It would make the perfect gift as would the tin – hint, hint, for all you Bundt lovers out there 😉
If you have Disney’s Frozen fans in your household, a touch of blue, or all white and this cake will have them singing “Let it snow!”
Do you love Bundt tins? If so, are there any tips you would like to pass on?
If you love this Sparkling Snowflake Cake and want other Christmas recipes take a look at these:
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas
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