Monday, December 19, 2011

A Whimsical Holiday Cake!

Wow, there's just one more week left until Christmas - can you believe it!?!? This holiday season sure went by fast didn't it? In December it's pretty busy over here, because not only do we celebrate Christmas, but we also celebrate my husband's birthday. Today, I'd like to share with you a whimsical holiday cake and a favorite cake cookbook of mine.

I made this "Winter Wonderland" cake for my husband last year, for his December 22nd birthday. Growing up he always had his birthdays combined with Christmas and never had a cake, so I always make it a point bake him a little something each year. This cake was inspired by his story of always wishing for a snowman cake as a child. He never did get that wish growing up, but hey it's never too late {or you can never be too old} to have your wishes come true, right? :)

So I decided to make him this holiday birthday cake from my favorite cake cookbook The Whimsical Bakehouse by Kaye Hansen & Liv Hansen. The authors are a mother & daughter duo based out of New York. I absolutely love this book - I've had it for quite a few years now and have made most of my birthday & celebration cakes from here, and each recipe has always been stellar!

The cake that I made was a two layer white butter cake with raspberry mousse filling, buttercream frosting, white chocolate "snow," and custom chocolate edible toppings - where I used the "melted chocolate relief" method to freestyle pipe each design one by one. I'm not going to lie, this particular recipe was a little labor intensive, but it was so worth it in the end. This was my first time working with "melted candies" as toppings, but I think it came out pretty decent for my 1st time.

This wonderful cake cookbook has tasty cake recipes, with a variety of delicious fillings and yummy frostings! So even if you don't want to work with custom edible chocolate toppings, you can still create fairly simple, bakery worthy treats! If you would like the recipes for the White Butter Cake, Raspberry Mousse Filling & Buttercream Frosting, then click here.

Well my friends, I hope you are enjoying the last week before Christmas! May you enjoy this blessed & beautiful time of year with your family & friends! Hugs & Happy Holidays to all!


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Anonymous said...

Oh Jessie,
That cake is fantastic!!! You did a wonderful job! I'm sitting here at my computer drooling, it looks delicious!
What a wonderful wife to do something so special for your husband.
Hope your doing well and have a great week before Christmas! EEK, can you believe it's almost here?!!

Anonymous said...

That cake is so incredibly awesome...I so want to try something like it for Christmas. good job! I bet your husband was thrilled.

I hope you and your family have very merry and beautiful Christmas. xo

okcamp said...

The cake is adorable. It looks tasty, too. Happy Holidays!

Shannon said...

That cake looks amazing!! Very impressed ;) Your husband must have loved it. I don't know if I would have the patience to make a cake that pretty but I will definitely check out that book. Hope he has a wonderful Birthday this year!

karah said...

Oh, that cake looks amazing! Perfectly whimsical and I'm sure delicious! Happy Holidays!
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

SLR said...

yum, that looks so good! you did an excellent job on the cake, I bet your husband loved it!!

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

A decorator and a baker!! Wow! That cake looked so yummy and so pretty!!! So funny, we celebrated my husbands birthday tonight. His birthday is tomorrow.

About meeting up..yes for sure we need to do that. It would be great fun.

Have a great week!!

Handbags*and*Pigtails said...

We love to decorate cakes for special occasions so this is righ up my alley. You did a wonderful job. Happy Monday!

Roser og Patina said...

Dear Jessie. The cake looks just gorgeous! So nice of you to make this dream cake for your husband:) Your story makes me smile:) I think this idea is so beautiful. This is true love! You are a beautiful person Jessie. Wish you and your lovely family a wonderful pre-Christmas! Many hugs from Ellen.

jeanne said...

Hi Jessie, this birthday cake was made for love and for sharing with your blogging friends. Stunning job with this cake. Your hubs had to be thrilled. I was!
hugs, Jeanne

Tricia said...

What a cute cake! It looks so yummy too. I'll bet that made your husband feel pretty special :)

Erin of said...

What a beautiful cake! I love cake decorating. Pin!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

This cake is did an amazing job. He must have been so thrilled.

This is my first time here, found you via another blog...I live in SoCal too.

Merry Christmas.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Such a pretty cake.

My BLUE. Have a wonderful week full of love and joy for the holidays!

SmilingSally said...

Your husband is one lucky guy, Jessie! Thanks for sharing your blues.

Happy Blue Monday.

Leah H. said...

Looks so yummy!

Visiting for BM! Hope you can visit mine too..

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Thank you everyone for your sweet comments on the cake! I truly appreciate your visit here to my page! :) Hope you are all savoring in the beautiful holiday season!


Unknown said...

TY for coming over Jessie. Your cake is just wonderful ... & I'll deelish!

I appreciate your joining me, I shall reciprocate.

Merry Christmas

Pamela Bates said...

that cake is so cute and boy oh boy does it look and sound good!

Mindy Harris said...

cutest cake ever and looks so yummy!

♥Gabriella ♥Hemma På Dunderbo♥ said...

Whay a amazing birthday cake you`have made. mu father is a bakerman but He never ever have made a one so beutiful like yours.hihi!! Hope you will have a nice x-mas over there
♥hugs from Gabriella in Sweden

jessica said...

Wow!!! Thanks for the edible inspiration!!! Happy Birthday to your husband! That cake looks delicious!!

Thanks for your support :)


SassAFrass said...

Yum! Looks great!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful cake, this is a shame to eat :-) Have a nice day and do not forget my show-off that starts tonight at 22.00 Swedish time.


Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Such a delightful cake! You've made it so special. I have a long list of things I fulfilled after I was grown up! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Yum-o! Looks so delicious, thanks for sharing it. I'll give it a go, but my decorating skill are far beneath yours.
Happy holidays!

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

What a lucky husband, that cake is gorgeous! It sounds so yummy with the raspberry and vanilla, mouth watering!


Blooming Rose Musings said...

Jessie, first of all I have to tell you that blogger was having a problem for a few days last week(I got lots of emails about it)and it wiped out several blog followers and several people who follow me. I was in a panic because it included you. I have now re-followed you(I had originally followed you months ago). I keep hearing from different people that they are missing on my follow list. The number on my site page is way lower than on my dashboard page. Hopefully it will all turn up one day soon.
Now for the important stuff...your cake is gorgeous!!! Truly fantastic! You are very talented.
I'm sure your husband was very surprised and pleased.
Jessie, I send you and your family warm wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a lovely holiday season.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Oh, and I meant to mention that I scrolled down and saw the photos of your is BEAUTIFUL! Absolutely perfect!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas.


Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

My goodness! You made that? Really cute and so sweet to take the time to make and decorate it for your husband. Hoping you have a very Merry Christmas! Take care, Laura :)

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Thank you everyone for your sweet comments - I truly appreciate it!!!

@Blooming Rose Musings: You are too sweet - no problem!!! :) I didn't even notice it, so no worries! :) But thank you so much for your kind words, and for thinking of me. :) I hope you have a wonderful holiday!!!

Season's Greetings to all!!!


Jodi@ said...

Oh my goodness!! That's not a cake, it's a masterpiece!!

I've got to check that book out. :o)

Honey at 2805 said...

Thank you for sharing this fabulous cake at Potpourri Friday! Have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful Holiday Season!

d e l i g h t said...

That is a great cake! I've never seen one like it! You really did a fine job! Have a Merry Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Old Paper Roses said...

Dear Jessie,

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!! Enjoy the holidays!

Hugs from Holland,

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Thank you!!! Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas!!!


Katherines Corner said...

Merry Christmas my friend.I hope your holiday is as sweet as you are xo

Custom Comforts said...

What a darling cake and what a great job you did. I have no cake decoration skills or desire for that matter, but I sure do love to eat cake. I hope your husband felt very special.


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