Winter Wonderland Cake

I decided to deck the table this holiday with a gorgeous Winter Wonderland cake! Dreams of sugar coated mountain tops and frosty white trees are dancing through my head. There is something so gorgeous about a white Christmas! If you can’t have a real white Christmas this year, some coconut flakes, rosemary sprigs and powdered sugar are all you need to create your own snowy masterpiece.

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This decadent cake is almost too pretty to eat…almost.

ingredients

For this recipe, you’ll need:

2 boxes of red velvet cake mix (+ additional ingredients mix calls for)
2 tubs of cream cheese frosting
1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup powdered sugar
4 sprigs of rosemary

mix

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cake mix according to package. Divide cake mix into four equal parts. Pour into two 9 inch pans sprayed with non-stick spray. Gently tap the pan to remove any air bubbles. Bake according to packing, approximately 22-24 minutes.

bakedLet cakes cool completely.

slicing offOnce cakes are cooled, use a knife to slice off the top so that the cake lays flat.

pre ice with paperPlace one layer onto cake plate. Place strips of parchment paper under cake. This will help with clean up and the end.

icing

layers icedBegin frosting layers and repeat until all layers are stacked.

IcedFrost the outside of the cake.

sprinkle coconutSprinkle coconut flakes on top of cake.

sidesGently press coconut flakes onto sides of cake.

Clip rosemaryUsing kitchen scissors, snip sprigs of rosemary to make pine trees. Try to get the pieces that are stiffer so that they will stand up straight.

clippedTurn the springs upside down and gently press into the top of the cake. Vary the heights so that it is more visually appealing.

Pre dustingDust the top of the sprigs with powdered sugar. Lightly dust the top of the cake to give the cake a snowy look.

remove paperRemove the pieces of parchment paper from underneath the cake and brush away any extra sugar or coconut flakes.

Cake with sliceTa-dah! Now you have a gorgeous winter wonderland cake!

OverheadI love the white frosting and coconut against the bright red cake. Perfect for a holiday party and something that you make all winter long.

slice overheadEnjoy!

Mini Eggnog Pies

Today I whipped a few mini eggnog pies for holiday entertaining! They are so easy, only a few ingredients. I shared my tips today with Keri Bellacosa on Good Day Austin. You can see the link here. The full recipe and how to is below.
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Be sure to check out Keri’s blog, It’s Showtime, where she shares all sorts of helpful (and cute!) entertaining tips!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treats

Ahh it’s that time of year again, pumpkin! How are you all feeling about the pumpkin trend? Still into it? Over the hype? Or like me, I’m not as stoked as years past, but it is a quintessentially fall flavor, and I just adore this season. I made these spooky sweets with all the chocolate lovers in mind! You can always substitute other flavors of Rice Krispies to your liking. Best of all, these will keep for a few days, so you can make them ahead of your ghoulish gala.

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As always, when in doubt, use sprinkles. Lots. Whatever the color, whatever the flavor, the answer to sprinkles is always, yes.

 

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A few simple ingredients, some melty ‘mallows and you’ve got yourself a treat! You can get the full tutorial here!

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What are your favorite Halloween sweets?