Too busy to make Christmas goodies but still craving for a delicious Christmas cake at the last minute? Here are some super fun and easy cake recipes that will make your family and friends drool.
Last-minute Fruit Cake
This delectable cake can be made in a jiffy, just before Christmas.
Get dried and candied fruits. Think dried mangoes, cherries, currants, cranberries, apples and candied citrus. Butter, pineapple essence, honey, brown sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder and condensed milk are all you need. Add cinnamon and mixed spices for extra warmth, while good ol’ almonds can come in handy as decoration.
Preheat the oven to 300 F (150 C) while you mix the assorted fruits with pineapple essence and honey, slowly adding condensed milk to the mixture.
Add melted, cooled butter to the mixture, followed by flour and the spices. Pour the batter into a lined cake tin and bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Brush with honey when done and decorate with crunchy almonds.
A warm brown slice of this all-time favorite cake comes with fruity surprises.
White Christmas Cake
The White Christmas cake looks heavenly and is as heavenly to taste with its nutty insides!
Flour, baking powder, soy milk, all spice, butter and caster sugar. Add nuts like walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts etc. with citrus and lemon zest. White grape juice, glazed pineapple, apricot jam and marzipan too.
Mix the dry ingredients and the wet ones separately. Slowly, fold in the dry flour mixture into the wet one and add the zest and white grape juice to it. Add the nuts and glazed pineapple to the final mixture and bake for 2 1/2 hours at 350 F (180 C).
Cut white marzipan into shapes and cover the base, top, as well as the sides of the cooled cake. Beat icing sugar, grape juice and butter together till fluffy for a light icing for your white beauty. Cover the cake by spreading even amounts of icing on all sides.
Are you dreaming of a White Christmas yet?
Quick Cherry Cake
There is nothing more satisfying than a fat slice of a classic cherry cake.
Flour, baking powder, vanilla pudding mix, salt, sugar, glazed cherry syrup, butter, vegetable oil, milk, curd and vanilla essence.
Preheat the oven at 350 F (180 C). Mix dry and wet ingredients separately. Just before popping the dry mixture into the wet one, add glazed cherry syrup. Whisk the batter until smooth.
Pour it into a lined baking tin and bake for 50-55 minutes.
Now, make the tangy, rich syrup for dribbling. Combine water, sugar, cherry syrup and unsalted butter, and boil for 6-8 minutes until the syrup has thickened. Add vanilla essence.
Poke holes in the cooled cake, still in the tin, and pour over the syrup. Cover with cling wrap and let soak overnight.
Devour the rich cake on Christmas day!
Red Velvet Cake
Red velvet cake is a feast for the eyes – and taste buds.
Chocolate cake mix, buttermilk, oil, condensed milk, red food color, cocoa powder for the cake. For the frosting, cream cheese, milk, whipped cream and powdered sugar.
Mix dry and wet items separately; then fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture (do not forget the red color!). Bake the cake till it’s done on the inside. Cool completely. Whip up a creamy white frosting by beating milk and cream cheese till smooth. In a mixer, add whipped cream and powdered sugar along with the cream cheese mix. Beat at high speed until soft peaks form.
Divide the cake into two layers and slather the white frosting in between. Refrigerate for a chilled red velvet extravaganza.
These cakes are fun, last minute-y and easy to make.
Go ahead, bake away this Christmas!