Sunday, December 23, 2012

Baked Sunday Mornings: Holiday Spice Cake with Eggnog Buttercream

This week’s Baked Sunday Mornings selection is Holiday Spice Cake with Eggnog Buttercream. I was a little nervous about how I was going to market this one since Josh doesn’t really care for eggnog. Since it didn’t involve a buying a carton of eggnog, I thought maybe I could get away with just calling it a spiced buttercream (and bringing it to my family if he didn’t end up liking it). I ended up telling him what it was, though, and he ended up liking the buttercream, which is good, since due to stormy weather conditions and my family living an hour away, I am not shopping with my mom and sister today as I had planned. :( Josh informed me he would be glued to the TV until 1 PM, but would then go shopping with me once it has been determined if he has won his fantasy football league’s super bowl. I can’t face the holiday crowds alone! 

For those of you who are not in the baking group, the reason the buttercream looks so speckled is because there is cinnamon in nutmeg in it, not because I am an extremely messy froster and got a ton of crumbs in it, though admittedly there are probably a few. I made a half recipe of the cake in six-inch cake pans, and two thirds of the buttercream recipe. I once ran out of frosting when I halved the recipe, so ever since then I always make at least two thirds or even the whole recipe to eliminate potential frustration. I find frosting cakes challenging enough as it is. 

This would be a superb dessert for Christmas dinner: not too fussy and very festive, not to mention delicious. I need to bring a dessert to my extended family’s holiday gathering on Christmas, so this selection was a week early in terms of the baking group schedule. The recipe can be found here on the group website and be sure to check out what the other bakers thought of this cake.


Bourbonnatrix said...

Perfect for an holiday gathering! Merry Christmas to you!

Kris' Kitchen said...

I think "spiced buttercream" works. This cake is perfect for a special family gathering...I know your folks will love it. Pretty garnish on top. Merry Christmas.

Have Apron....Will Bake said...

I liked that the frosting was speckled with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Made for an interesting look. It really is a perfect cake for the holidays.
Good luck with the shopping! Happy Holidays.

Susan said...

I'm sure your family will love this cake! I can't believe how light it is.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Sheri said...

One can never have too much of this buttercream! It's so good.

Happy holidays!

Unknown said...

I am so behind on commenting, but wanted to stop by and say hi anyway! This cake sounds so perfect for the holidays. Hope you guys had a very merry Christmas! Wishing you the best in 2013 :)