15 Dec 2015
The festive mood and joyousness of Christmas are incomplete without the presence of a special cake among various mouthwatering delicacies. Many families possess their very own recipes that have been handed down discreetly from generation to generation. Besides that, every nation has its own form of a traditional Christmas cake. Some contain fruits and nuts in abundance, while others are slightly spiced up with the warm flavours of ginger and cinnamon.
In Australia, people use many different types of cakes for hiking up the warmth of the Christmas spirit and celebrating the festival blithely. Given below are some of the most popular ones:
These traditional bonne bouches are prepared in several different types, including such delicacies as the typical English, Twelfth Night, Italian Panettone and German Stollen. They can also be made using candied or dried fruits, nutmeg, nuts, honey, ginger and cinnamon. They may be as dense as the British fruitcake or airy and light like Panettone.
Gingerbreads are popular choices of Christmas enthusiasts, and generally feature a top glazed with icings of vanilla, milk and sugar. These spicy cakes can have such ingredients as allspice, ginger and cinnamon. During Christmas as well as other holidays, they are made available in an array of shapes such as the X-mas tree, a candy cane, a snowman, a loaf or a Bundt.
Bûche de Noel
The Bûche de Noel (Christmas Log) is originally a French sponge cake that is made to look like a Yule log. It may be made with fillings of buttercream frosting, jam, meringue, marzipan, custard or whipped cream. It can also be of many different flavours like vanilla, fruit, chocolate, alcohol, coffee, coconut or various nuts such as almond, hazelnuts or pistachio.
Many families also enjoy non-traditional confections during Christmas such as those made from cranberries or pumpkin, and also the very popular ‘cheesecake’. Heavily embellished options are also quite common, which allow incorporation of creative seasonal themes. Frosting of buttercream is often an ideal white base, whereas coconut finds use as a decorative ingredient for adding snow like effect. Coffee flavoured variants are often prepared with candy canes in them and generally served as breakfast on Christmas morning. Some bakers also try to put a holiday twist into mundane cakes by using creative decorations or combining multiple enticing flavours into one.
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