Thursday, December 18, 2008

Day 18, 25 Days of Christmas Tips

18) Since today's my birthday, I thought I'd stick with the birthday theme

With all the glamour and lights, presents and festivities, the birth of Christ can easily get lost in the celebration of Christmas. So why not start the day with a birthday party for Jesus to put things in perspective and to direct the focus on Him? My sister-in-law shared this recipe years ago and has started a tradition of baking it as a birthday cake for Jesus each Christmas. Not only is it absolutely delicious, but it's seasonally-appropriate and aptly named. =) Hope you enjoy.

Santa's Favorite Cake
1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
3 egg whites
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 (9 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons red food coloring
1 teaspoon cider vinegar

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup margarine, softened
2 (16 ounce) packages confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons peppermint extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9 inch round cake pans.
In a large bowl, combine white cake mix, 3 egg whites, 1 1/3 cups buttermilk, and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Mix with an electric mixer for 2 minutes on high speed. In a separate bowl, combine yellow cake mix, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1 egg, cocoa, red food coloring, and vinegar. Use an electric mixer to beat for 2 minutes on high speed.
Spoon white batter alternately with red batter into the prepared cake pans. Swirl batter gently with a knife to create a marbled effect.
Bake in preheated oven for 22 to 25 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted into the centers comes out clean. Let cool in pans for at least 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and margarine until smooth. Gradually blend in sugar until incorporated and smooth. Stir in peppermint extract. Spread peppermint cream cheese frosting between layers, and on top and sides of cake.
(recipe courtesy of - can be found here)

1 comment:

Brandon and Jenny said...

I am just now catching up on your blog and realized that the 18th is your birthday!!! That is BoyD's birthday too! And mine is the 19th.

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Alicia, happy birthday to you!