Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter Solstice Celebration

Winter Solstice Cake

I don't usually need much of an excuse to enjoy cake, so whipping up a sweet treat to celebrate the  upcoming lighter, brighter, and lengthening days seemed a perfectly logical endeavor. Although ancient rites probably didn't include buttercream or white chocolate, the solstice "spirit" is there in this natured themed winter white confection.

I chose a light butter pecan cake and cream cheese frostings (with thanks to Betty Crocker and the Pillsbury Dough boy) but if unlike myself, you are blessed with baking skills any favorite homemade light or white cake and icing combo would be wonderful.

You Will Need
White iced cake
coconut "snow" (optional)
bread sticks or long cylinder shaped cookies (like Corinthians- my Dollar Store sells them)
white meltable chocolate 
zip-loc baggie with corner snipped for piping branches
paper moon topper
 As in an actual winter forest trees come in all shapes and sizes so I tried a variety of techniques using cookie or bread stick "trunks" and melted white chocolate branches. (If you don't have bread sticks or cookies on hand, you can also simply "paint" trunkless trees like the pines).

You can squeeze the melted chocolate using the zip-loc baggie as a makeshift pastry bag or simply paint on more free-form branches with a small spoon.
Make sure to lay out plenty of wax paper for your forest and I always make more than I need to allow for breakage. 

 Add extra chocolate wear the branches meet the trunk to secure

 As you can see some are more tree-like than others (some didn't make the cut)
Once the chocolate is hardened CAREFULLY peel away from wax paper 
(the bread sticks are especially fragile) and insert carefully into cake

Then create your winter landscape adding a moon topper (on our printable page) or any other greeting if desired
The writing is from the poem
 The Winter Solstice and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

 In keeping with the "light" theme, you can add small votive candles among the trees just before serving, It looks lovely but act quickly, meltable chocolate really is meltable!

Wishing everyone Bright and Happy Days in the New Year!

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