“Better than a Fruitcake” Cake

This cake is one of my favorite Christmas things to bake. Not a fruitcake, but a buttery almond pound cake with tons of brandy-soaked fruits, it is still can be made well in advance (about a week beforehand is good enough for me). Orange marmalade and Grand Marnier glaze keeps the cake moist and fragrant.

I have made it before, but this year there’re gumpaste Snowmen instead of Santas. The decorations are obviously quite easy (everyone can roll little balls in the palms), although extremely monotonous and time-consuming. I started tilting the snowmen’s heads to the sides to make them not-so-alike and keep myself from boredom. Anyway, decorated or not, the cake is delicious and perfect for the holidays.

And now, I’m announcing the lucky winner of the Top Chef giveaway. It’s… Irene (comment left on December 15th, 2009 at 11:57 am)! Congratulations! There is also a little surprise: I decided to give away the Top Chef Season 5 DVD as well. The second winner is… Grace (December 11th, 2009 at 3:38 am)! Irene, Grace, please, e-mail me your postal addresses and I’ll ship the goodies to you. Thank you everyone for the participation!

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21 Responses to ““Better than a Fruitcake” Cake”

  1. woooww.. the snowmen look cuutte!! :D

  2. What a pretty cake!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. Gorgeous cake!

  4. It’s so pretty!!

  5. It looks so yummy!

  6. Wow, that looks amazing. My decorations never turn out so well… I have serious decorating envy.

  7. Beautiful cake! I love the little snowmen, so festive;)

  8. Cool! I love almond cake, I can see it in my future since I got a giant box of almond paste from the supplier recently!

    You shouldn’t knock fruit cake until you’ve tried the delia smith cake, its very tasty!

    And thanks for the ideas with the snowmen, I may have a try at copying yours for my cake, they look so jaunty with the top hats and canes! Merry Christmas!

  9. Hi Vera, this cake is very pretty. In fact I like this better than the santas, maybe because they all look so cute and cheeky with tilted heads. Anyway wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and happy hols@

  10. What adorable decorations! I am a big fan of almond and dried fruit, so this sounds perfect.

  11. I actually don’t mind Christmas cake, but this does sound even better. Such cute decorations. :)

  12. Oh I love the tilted heads of the snowmen!!

  13. the snowmen are so adorable Vera! beautifully crafted cake.

  14. That cake looks beautiful!!

  15. The snowman look so flawlessly perfect that it makes it hard to believe that they’re handmade and not storebought)))

  16. Beautiful, Vera. Wow. You’re quite talented. Not that I didn’t think that before, but you seem to outdo yourself everytime I visit your blog. Kudos!! :o)

  17. Thank you very much for your wonderful comments! Merry Christmas!

  18. Love the cute little fellows Vera…adorable!!

  19. Love the abundance of snowmen! And this sounds like a great variation to offer next time around!

  20. I love the snowmen! Each one seems to have a personality of his own. I’d be tempted to name them all :-)

  21. Alex, thank you :)

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