Whenever Christmas comes along my kids get excited because there’s going to be fruit cake. I’m not sure why this happens, because they will not eat a traditional fruit cake at all. When I asked my eldest about it, she said that Christmas means fruit in a cake, and she was expecting it to be a bit like banana bread.
Because my kids love chocolate anything, and cherries definitely mean Christmas and cake to me, I thought I’d try to bring those two flavours together in this Black Forest cake. Hey, it’s festive and fruity – it must be a Christmas cake, right? Plus if it looks like a reindeer, it is going to get a thumbs up from the kids too.
Ingredients for Black Forest reindeer Christmas cake
- 1 ½ cups Flour
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
- ½ cup of vegetable oil
- ½ cup of water
- ½ cup of syrup from the can of cherries
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1 TBSP white vinegar
- ½ can of cherries
Icing and Cheeky Reindeer Decoration:
- 3 cups of icing sugar
- 200 grams of butter
- 2 tsp of cherry syrup
- 1 tsp of cocoa powder
- Lollies to decorate – one Jaffa and two Halloween Gummy eyes
- Black Writing Icing
- Cooking chocolate for melting
Into a bowl, I mixed all the cake ingredients together until well combined. Once my cake batter was ready, I transferred it to a greased cake tin and baked for 35 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. To check to make sure the cake is cooked through, insert a toothpick into the centre of the cakes and if it comes out clean, the cake is cooked. To make a layer cake, you’ll need to double the recipe across two round cake tins. Decrease baking time to about 20 – 25 minutes if you wish to make cupcakes instead.
I let the cake cool for one hour and then I creamed the butter and icing sugar together in a clean bowl. I added the cocoa powder and the cherry syrup. Then I combined the icing mixture until it was light and fluffy. I iced the cake, and then added two Halloween gummy eyeballs for my cake’s eyes, as well as a Jaffa for her nose. I used black writing icing to make her a cheeky grin.
Lastly I used some melted chocolate to make some freehand antler shapes on baking paper. Once the chocolate set, I peeled the antlers off the baking paper and then placed them on the cake. And there you have it – a cheeky reindeer Christmas cake!
This article was written by Kym Moore. Kym is a working mum of two, and occasional blogger. Fancies herself a writer, when she isn’t editing her kids’ vlogs or running their social media at Baby Likes Cake. Follow them on Facebook and YouTube.