Snowy white Christmas cake - recipe

Snowy white Christmas cake

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  1. 1

    Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C, gas mark 4). Lightly grease and line two 20cm/8inch sponge tins.

  2. 2

    Sift the flour, cornflour and baking powder before setting aside. Cream together the butter and sugar before mixing in the flour mixture. Add the milk gradually to form a smooth batter. Fold in the vanilla bean paste.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 280g Plain white flour
    • 20g Cornflour
    • 1 tbsp Baking powder
    • 120g Butter (unsalted)
    • 350g White caster sugar
    • 2 tbsp Milk (whole)
    • 1tsp Vanilla bean paste
  3. 3

    Put the egg whites into a dry, clean bowl before whisking until they form stiff
    peaks. Gently fold in the whisked egg whites into the batter, taking care to
    retain as much air as possible.

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  4. 4

    Divide the mixture between the tins and bake for 30 mins or until a cake skewer comes out clean. If the top of the cakes is starting to colour too much but the cake is not fully cooked try covering lightly with foil for a few minutes at the end of the cook time.

  5. 5

    To make the buttercream beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Add the remaining icing sugar and the milk if necessary to loosen. Beat in the vanilla extract.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 250g Butter (unsalted)
    • 500g Icing sugar
    • 2 tbsp Milk (whole)
    • 1tsp Vanilla extract
  6. 6

    To make the frosted cranberries drop the cranberries in the egg white to coat
    before rolling in the caster sugar until covered. Leave to dry on a lined
    baking tray for around two hours at room temperature.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 200g Cranberries
    • 1 tbsp Pasteurised liquid egg white
    • 100g White caster sugar
  7. 7

    To assemble sandwich the cakes together with a layer of buttercream before using the rest to cover the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with frosted
    cranberries or white fluffy marshmallows. For a glistening snow effect you can lightly spray the cake with edible pearl lustre for an all over shimmer.

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