So it's official, THE LETTER to Santa Claus was sent!
To be honest I wanted to tell the "truth" to my daughter this year, but when she saw all the Christmas decorations appearing all around she decided to write him a letter. She was thinking for a few days about what to write to him. She changed her mind a few times, but finally she got her letter ready.
So this year number one on her wish list is... a sewing machine! I was a bit surprised I must say, but I guess it is because she enjoyed watching me and helping a bit when I was making her Christmas apron.
So when she finished her letter, she wanted to post it on her own. She has already seen a Santa's mailbox in a shopping center, so we needed to go there again to have her letter sent. And then, there he was! Santa Claus! He came to talk to us, asked what she wrote in her letter, said he would read it and gave her a candy. So how to tell her now this is not exactly a real Santa?!? If you have an advice for me, I would love to hear it - leave it in a comment.
And that is why we have made this Santa Claus cake:)
for the cake
1/4 cup of cornstarch or potato starch
3/4 cup of flour
2/3 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 cup of vanilla tea
For the whipped cream:
3 cups of whipping cream (36-40% milk-fat)
1 1/2 cup of sugar
Supplies I used
Did you know that, according to a tradition which can be traced to the 1820s, Santa Claus lives at the North Pole, with a large number of magical elves, and nine (originally eight) flying reindeer?
Step1 The base of this recipe is a sponge cake - please follow the instructions here. It is the same cake, the only difference is that I have used whipped cream as a filling in this one. Remember to leave some whipped cream to finalize cake's decoration.
Step2 When your cake is ready, trace the Santa Claus face. I have used a Santa face shape cookie cutter for that - you just place it and press until the marks are visible on the cake. You may try with a knife too, if you don't have one. Then, cut the strawberries in slices, but use only the tops to fill in the hat. Place half of a strawberry to make Santa Claus's nose, a little stripe for the mouth and few stripes for the end of the hat. Cut one blackberry in half and use it to make Santa's eyes. Cut 1 or 2 blackberries to make the pom-pom on the hat.
Step3 Cut a kiwi into slices. Use a cookie cutter or a knife to make tree shapes. I have used mini Christmas tree cookie cutter. Press them onto the cake's edge, they will stick inside the whipping cream. Place a round, red sprinkle on the top of the tree to decorate it. I had some chocolate gingerbread man sprinkles, so I have placed them in between the trees. Advice - make sure you have enough of trees when you will serve your cake, as everyone would want to have one! That's what happened with our cake.
Step4 Use a piping bag with the whipped cream you have kept in Step1 to draw Santa Claus's hair, the beard and his mustache. Enjoy!