Christmas Angel Cake – White Truffle Chocolate Cake

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After I made this truffle cake for last Christmas and seeing how everybody in the family loved it, I decided to bake it this year again. In fact, I decided to keep this a new family tradition, so I will go on and make it every Christmas from now on.

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This is a rich chocolate cake filled with white chocolate cream. I didn’t cover it with fondant, I like it all natural, naked, rustic. The small, feather light wooden angels are from Hobby Craft, but I crafted a little. I add a layer of white lace on the wooden angels. I glued it to the body but let the wings fly so it looks more 3 dimensional.

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2014 in review- Big Thank to you All!

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Santa Claus Cupcakes

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…or should I say Santa’s Hat Cupcakes, because you don’t see much of Santa except for his hat.

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I made these for a children’s party. We could call it a pre-Christmas Party, but in fact we gathered to nurture a Hungarian tradition which is that on 6th of December Santa (Mikulas, as we call him) visit the children during the night and he leaves a little treat behind. In order to get something you have to clean and polish your shoes, boots and put them in the window. And be a good girl or a good boy all year, of course 🙂

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These are basic vanilla cupcakes filled with little jam inside and frosted with whipped cream coloured and flavoured with strawberry icing sugar (only 2-3 Tbsp, a whole pack would be killer sweet). I placed my fondant Santa hats and sprinkled with edible snowflakes.

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My daughter also made a special Santa hat, that I want to share with you, I think it’s very cute 🙂

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Luxurious Chocolate Mascarpone Cupcake

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I didn’t know what name to pick for these cupcakes…they are everything a chocolate lover would wish for. I’m thinking…thinking, but all that comes to my mind is chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut, mascarpone cream cheese, whipped cream, milk chocolate…. mix it all up and you get THIS sheer luxury on your plate.

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I found these chocolate triangles at the store and bought it right away with the vision of a very chocolaty cupcake in my mind. I also had the Belgian chocolate sauce and the Hazelnut spread from a previous shopping. I baked my favourite vanilla cupcakes (Laura Vitale’s recipe) and started improvising.

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I scooped about a teaspoon of cake out from each cupcake and filled the holes with a teaspoon of Hazelnut chocolate spread (I realized later that we didn’t take any pictures of the inside…). Since I had leftover mascarpone in my fridge I whipped that too with the double cream and Belgian chocolate sauce.

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I saved some double cream and whipped it naturally without sugar to balance the sweetness of the chocolate cream, although it was not too sweet fortunately.

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Minecraft Birthday Cake

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This was a special request from one of my daughter’s friend. When he said he wants a Minecraft cake I told him OK, but frankly I had no idea what it was. I had to look up on the Internet to learn what is Minecraft 🙂 So for those living in the dark like me: Minecraft is a computer game. For more details look up on Google yourself 🙂

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As usual this 8 year old friend of us asked for a chocolate cake and that’s what he got once again. I used milk chocolate and dark chocolate to make the cream (whipped double cream, not buttercream), then I covered first with a layer of Marzipan, then with chocolate fondant -which by the way is very delicious (I say this because I normally don’t like the taste of fondant).

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Finally I covered most of the cake with coloured fondant mosaic. Oh, the mosaic…..let me just say that this cake took me a long time to finish, until I cut and placed each mosaic piece to the cake one by one….BUT it worth it! Those kids, specially the boys got very exciting about this cake, they loved it so much, and that was my real appreciation which works every time with me! 🙂

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