I can’t believe this is the last challenge. Although it didn’t feel like it, it flew by so quickly.
For this challenge, we were asked to make a 3 tiered holiday cake with 2 flavors, a filling and a crunch element. I chose to make a Christmas cake with each tier representing my favorite Christmas song.
The top tier is “Have yourself a Merry little Christmas”. There is a line in that song that says, “From now on your troubles will be out of sight”. So, I’ve always envisioned a window where all your troubles are outside and you’re safe and cozy inside.
The middle tier is “The Christmas Song” and it opens with “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” which is why I created a replica of a fireplace and actual chestnuts (mini chestnut praline) “roasting” on a rustic pan.
The bottom tier is “White Christmas” and that song opens with “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” which is why everything is covered in snow and exceedingly white.
The cake flavors are inspired by my little girl and also Paul Hollywood. My little girl loves Reeses chocolates so I made a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. This cake also has banana slices in it because my other cake is a banana cake with cream cheese frosting and for the crunch element, I’ve added some walnut praline and banana chips. I chose banana cake as one of my flavors because I know Paul Hollywood likes banana flavored desserts and I really wanted him to try my banana cake recipe.
The chocolate cake is covered with a white chocolate ganache, the banana cake is covered with a dark chocolate ganache and both cakes are covered with marshmallow fondant.
Before I left for England, my little boy decided to name my holiday cake, “Christmas Delight” because he said it was “Delightful”. Hence the name, Christmas Delight Cake.
I am so relieved I was able to share these ideas and recipes I created for the Bake off because I was devastated when I had to drop out. Rest assured, they did not go to waste.
Thank you all so very much for being with me throughout this journey but now it’s time to close this chapter of my life and look forward to the future. I am really going to miss making these videos.