For the believer, the Christmas season is sometimes a challenge to keep the focus where it needs to be. Shiny sparkly decorations and the promise of gifts to come are hard things for kids to ignore.
One thing I did every year was bake a birthday cake for Jesus. What kid doesn’t love birthdays or cake??
I have some cake decorating experience, but I try not to get too elaborate this busy time of year. My easy solution was to use the rim of a glass to make a circle in the center of the frosted cake. Then I piped green leaves in a random pattern filling in around the circle until the top of the cake was covered. A few candies like M&M’s or cinnamon red hots were the berries on the wreath. A bow can be made from a red fruit roll.
Using a triangular shaped pastry tip to pipe the leaves is simple enough that even a little child can assist. You can explain as you go along that a wreath is a circle with no beginning and no end. It can remind us that God loves us without end and that is why Jesus was born on this earth-Because of God’s unending love toward us.
Today’s recipe is a Red Velvet Cake with a Cream Cheese Frosting. It can be made ahead and frozen for up to 2 months frosted or unfrosted. I’m for anything that reduces my stress level during the holidays. This cake looks beautifully seasonal-cut or uncut.
Note: I’m actually demonstrating with a sugar cookie because….I haven’t baked Jesus’ birthday cake as yet. This cookie is actually going to go on top of the Red Velvet Cake I’m baking this year as a gift for a co-worker.
RED VELVET CAKE
Cream butter, oil, and sugar together until very light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and blend well.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 c. chopped nuts, toasted
1 lb. powdered sugar