One Christmas years ago, my husbands grandmother asked me if I would like to make the holiday cake for their family’s christmas dinner. For as long as GranNana has had her own family she has made them a special coconut cake for christmas dinner. So, YES I was very honored and nervous she was passing the torch on to me. This was very early in my cake making life but my red velvet Snowflake cake knocked the socks off everyone!
Snowflake Cake by Nikki Berry
I didnt want to try to recreate the coconut cake that my husband’s GranNana had made for over 50 years. I needed to make something new and different and spectacular. I knew that it would be white and red velvet, but it was a wedding cake covered in glistening snowflakes that inspired me to attempt a new decorating medium. All of my cakes are a learning experience, I am self-taught in each technique I pick up. This was my frist time using royal icing and although Im still nowhere near a pastry artist is piping skills, these simple snowflakes turned out just right. The cake sat so proudly in my husband’s aunt’s antebellum formal dinning room and most of the 50 family member thought that years cake was ordered from a bakery.
Red Velvet Snowflake Christmas Cake
To make the royal icing snowflakes I traced images of illustrated snowflakes under wax paper. I chose the best looking and unbroken snowflakes for the sides and piled full and partial snowflakes on the top. It was a happy accident that it turned into a lovely topper.
Royal Icing Snowflakes
This has always been one of my favorite cakes, I repeated it ( I dont usually repeat cakes) for Macy’s NewYears Tea Party and plan to make it anytime I get the chance to show it off again.