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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Snowy Forest Gingerbread & Whipped Cream Cake

You see these sort of scenes on cakes all over Pinterest, but for some reason they seem so whimsically perfect they border on daunting. I suppose it took me a second to realize little trees are sold at craft stores during the holiday season. I didn't grow up around little Christmas villages, etc. My family doesn't do fun, kitschy stuff like that, so it's all new to me. 

Once I figured it out, this was literally and figuratively a piece of cake. 

Decide what flavor cake you want. Because of it's overall festive nature, and the fact that I wanted to use whipped cream instead of frosting, I decided to go with gingerbread. 

I used this gingerbread cake recipe and it turned out to be just right.  

What you'll need for the topping:

1 cup whipped cream
Flocked trees from any craft store (Michael's has them in a set of different sizes already flocked)
A deer or fawn

Once you've made your cake tiers (or maybe you just want one thicker tier, that's fine too), whip your cream and cover cake using a rubber spatula. Make sure to do this right when you need the cake (or refrigerate it if you do it ahead of time).

Just before taking your cake out to be displayed, arrange the trees and deer on top in desired fashion and there you have it.