My (not so) little brother and I share a passion for baking and really have a lot of fun spending time in the kitchen together. Although we both have slightly different approaches, I would say the parts we enjoy most is the planning and the time when we see the finished project. We often have to improvise, sometimes argue a little bit but always have a good laugh.
So when celebrating Christmas in Germany we were in charge of the dessert. My brother had made this cake the year before as well so we decided to just go with what is delicious, instead of re-inventing the wheel. We would just focus a bit more on decorating the cake.
We did a bit of a brainstorming and got started one morning (after my brother’s terms…for me it was more lunch time ;)). We decided to make a winter wonderland with a snowman made out of Marzipan.
The cake we made is called “Kalter Hund” (cold dog – wherever this name is coming from) and probably best described as a German no-bake biscuit-cake. We used this recipe from a German magazine, which has a bit of a twist as it is made with passionfruit and white chocolate, instead of dark chocolate. If you’re an English speaker but would like to make this recipe, give me a shout and I will translate it for you!. It is a really delicious cake – especially for people with a sweet tooth 😊.
Anyway, for the decoration we made we used rosemary twigs, upside down they look like small trees. We also made a marzipan snowman and a little house out of short crust. We just rolled out the dough and cut the shape of a house before baking. For a snowy effect we used some desiccated coconut as well as a bit of icing sugar.
We placed the ‘kalte Hund’ on a silver plate and decorated our winter wonderland around and on top of it. When I mentioned by the by that everything that was missing was some illumination, my stepdad overheard that, left the room and came back with some small fairy lights, connected with batteries. That was – almost literally – the icing on the cake. We placed the fairy lights in the little house and were very happy with our creation 😉. As always, at the start we had a rough plan, not knowing how it would turn out though.
Please excuse the quality of the photos, they were taken on Christmas Eve in the afternoon – and I couldn’t wait until the morning as the cake was gone by then.
If you want to see what wintery-cake I made in 2017, have a look here.
I think this cake is not only nice for Christmas, but for the whole winter time. And it was so much fun to make it. Thanks (not so) little brother!
Do you have a favourite dessert for winter? Or maybe a way you decorate your cakes so that they look particularly wintery? I would love to hear from you!