Snow Globe CakeGIVE this scenic dessert a whirl, and it won’t be long before folks start drifting…
Snow Globe Cake
2/3 cup shortening 1-1/4 cups sugar 3 eggs 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk 1/4 cup molasses 2-1/2 cups cake flour 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves FROSTING: 3/4 cup butter, softened 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened 3 cups confectioners’ sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Brown, green, red and blue paste or gel food coloring Cookie cutters-3 inch horse and 3-1/2-inch sleigh, optional Edible glitter
In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar.
Add the eggs, milk and molasses; mix well.
Combine the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
Pour 1-3/4 cups into a greased 9×5-in.
loaf pan; pour remaining batter into a greased 9-in.
round baking pan.
Bake at 375°for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
For frosting, in a bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese.
Add confectioners’ sugar; beat for 5 minutes or until very smooth.
Stir in the vanilla.
Place 1 cup in another bowl; tint with brown food coloring.
Place 1/4 cup each in three bowls; tint one green, one red and one blue.
Leave the remaining frosting white.
Place loaf cake on a work surface with a long side facing you.
To make globe base, measure 2 in.
in from top right corner; cut at an angle from that point to the lower right corner.
Repeat on other side.
(Save cut out cake wedges for another use.
) Place base on a 14×10-in.
covered board; frost top and sides brown.
Place round cake above base; frost top and sides white.
Gently press cookie cutters into cake to outline horse and sleigh, or outline them free hand.
Frost horse brown.
Place red frosting in a pastry or plastic bag; cut a hole in the corner.
Pipe outline of sleigh and three horizontal strips on the sleigh.
Pipe a rein from horse to sleigh.
Make pine trees with green frosting.
Using a toothpick and white frosting, add white streaks in the trees for snow.
Frost the bottom third of round cake blue.
Transfer remaining blue frosting to a pastry or plastic bag; cut a hole in the corner.
Pipe snowflakes in sky.
Sprinkle round cake with edible glitter.