- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
- Evertaster by Adam Glendon Sidwell
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
And what is Christmas with out giving gifts? Here are some waiting for Santa to pick them up for nice little kids all over the globe (and probably beyond? Who knows.)
And if you’ve been very good little boys and little girls who are really nice and patient enough to still be reading at this point, here is a little surprise inside.
Magnolia Bakery’s Vanilla Cake Recipe
adapted from the The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 bottle McCormick Red Food Coloring
1 bottle McCormick Green Food Coloring
Sift together/dry whisk flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, slowly. Add a third of the dry ingredients, then half of the milk. Repeat till all is combined. Lastly, add vanilla.
Then divide the batter into two, coloring one red. In my case, there was more red than green (sorry po, tao lang 🙂 )
And the other half green.
Bake in 7-inch round pans for 30-40 minutes or until done at 350F. Let it cool
(2) Make the frosting
(3) So, as I said, there were more red cake than green cake in my cake and luckily it worked on my favor since I get to divide the red cake in three parts and the green one in to two. Let’s start assembing (Ohh.. this is where the fun starts!!!). Place a red layer as a base, then spread some frosting.
(4) Followed by a green one, then a red, then a green… you get the picture 🙂
(5) Until you come up with this. Then, cover the whole thing in frosting.
(6) Make the fondant gifts.
How to make Fondant Gift Topper
What we need:
Fondant in green, pink, yellow and blue
Silicon mold for ribbons
Create some ribbons from the fondant using the mold
Shape squares from the fondant.
Cover it with a thin fondant stripe resembling a ribbon
Top with the mold we made earlier.
Here are the mixed and matched gifts
(7) Poke two barbeque sticks onto the cake in a slanting position. They will be the guide for the straw.
(8) Now add the red striped straws
(9) Add wooden beads (luckily, I was able to find some at home bought at Divisoria a few years back), I don’t know how I pulled it off but I attached the beads to the straws using red fondant. Tie the baker’s twine to connect the two poles.
(10) Make some red bunting flags and paste to the baker’s twine.