The holidays are somewhat ruled by pies, cookies and breads, and there are certainly no complaints coming from over here. But we love how much fun you can have with cakes! Don’t get us wrong, there are plenty of ways to add a little excitement to cookie recipes but there is so much fun to be had with not only flavors for cakes but colors, designs, and surprise elements! For example, for June’s birthday I made a cake for her that when you cut into it, it exploded with skittles (one of her favorite candies)! So it was with this in mind that we wanted to make a cake worthy of Christmas. Enter the buffalo plaid cake!
We decorated it very simply on the outside so that when you cut into it you are completely surprised!
And it’s actually much easier than you think it is, you really can make this cake too! Yes YOU!
You can use any recipe you like, we went with a classic vanilla cake with vanilla bean butter cream frosting. But whatever flavor you make try to make it a white cake so the food coloring can really do its job. Which leads me to my biggest piece of advice/warning. While this is a very easy cake to make the hardest part is getting the colors right. It takes a LOT of food coloring to get the red really red, and the black very black. And I recommend using gel food coloring because it gives you much more vibrant color than liquid.
Now on to assembling the cake, you will need to make 4 8″ round cakes. 1 Red, 1 Black, and 2 burgundy/maroon colored cakes. Then you’ll cut four circles out of poster board (you can use any paper but it helps using a sturdier type to use as a guide). Cut each circle to 1″ thick, the first one being 8″ (the diameter of the cake), then cut a second 1″ thick circle, then a third and the last will the the center of the cake, similar to the donut hole.
Then you make little targets out of the circles, what you’ll end up with are four layers for your cake, one being red-burgundy-red-burgundy, one will be burgundy-red-burgundy-red (as pictured above) and the other two will be black-burgundy-black-burgundy and the last being burgundy-black-burgundy-black.
Then stack your layers and decorate as desired! Like I said we decorated very simply so cutting inside would be a fun surprise but we’ve seen similar cakes decorated like wood on the outside that look amazing! Here’s a great link if you’re interested in doing that, she breaks it down so it’s easy to follow and not intimidating at all. See!! We told you it was much easier than it looks! We hope you give it a try and we would love to see how you put your spin on this fun Christmas cake!
Soma & Ulte
P.S. Only 5 more days til Christmas!!!