It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and probs the only time of the year when I can eat my entire body weight and more in food and treats and not feel guilty about it.
Baking is my fave, not just because you are always left with some sorta delicious creation, but I’m also quite good at it, if I do say so myself and it brings me a lot of enjoyment. So, I was hella bored and remembered about the wee icing Santa I bought a while back and couldn’t stand the thought of it going to waste. The result? A cute wee coconut Christmassy cake for the holiday season!
Now there is nothing about this recipe that is overly Christmassy. It’s just a vanilla sponge cake with Nutella buttercream icing, coconut sprinkles and a snazzy wee Santa stuck on top, but with imagination, it’s a Christmas cake.
For the cake you will need:
- 225g of self-raising flour (or plain flour and a tsp of baking powder)
- 225g of butter at room temp
- 225g of caster sugar
- 4 medium eggs
- 2tsp of vanilla extract
For the icing you will need:
- 175g of icing sugar
- 175g of unsalted butter at room temp
- 350g of Nutella (seems like a lot but there’s no such thing)
- A smidgen of milk (if you think you need it)
- Pre-heat your oven to 180°C or gas mark 4
- Sieve your flour into a large mixing bowl and add your butter, caster sugar and eggs
- Beat until it goes creamy and then add the vanilla extract and mix again until everything is combined
- Pour the mixture into a cake tin (or two if you want to do a layered cake)
- Pop the cake tin(s) in the oven and bake for 25mins or until the wee poker thingy comes out clean
- Cut the butter into small pieces and mix until it goes soft
- Add the icing sugar a wee bit at a time or else you’ll be engulfed in a cloud of dust and mix again until it is soft
- Add all of that delicious Nutella, trying not to accidentally eat it all before it makes its way to the icing and mix until everything is fully combined
- Add a splash of milk if your icing isn’t quite creamy enough for your liking and done!
Once your cake is outta the oven and cooled you can decorate it whatever way you like. I cut mines into a slightly nicer looking shape and covered the whole thing with a
thick layer of icing. I then sprinkled the coconut on top to give the effect of ‘snow’ and popped Santa in the middle!
This recipe is sooo simple and I’m actually super happy with how it turned out! Themed baking is one of my faves and this satisfied my need for it this holiday season.
Have you baked anything festive this season? Let me know so I can have a look.
Until next time and Merry Christmas…