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Holiday Snow Globe Cake

Total Time

Prep: 65 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Makes

12 servings

I can change up the decorations on this cake depending on the holiday—or birthday. My daughter loves this Christmas version. —Marie Louise Ludwig, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Holiday Snow Globe Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • FROSTING/FILLING:
  • 1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • DECORATIONS:
  • Frosted Christmas Tree (see below)
  • Porcelain snowman ornament
  • 8-inch glass bubble bowl (about 6-inch opening)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line bottoms of two greased 8-in. round baking pans with parchment; grease paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in rum. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with coconut milk, beating well after each addition.
  3. With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold into batter. Transfer batter to prepared pans.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove parchment. Cool completely.
  5. Using a long serrated knife, trim tops of cakes if domed. In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form.
  6. Place one cake layer on a serving plate, bottom side down. Spread jam over top to within 3/4 in. of edge; top with 1/2 cup whipped cream. Place second cake layer over whipped cream, bottom side up.
  7. Spread remaining whipped cream over top and sides of cake; sprinkle with coconut. Refrigerate at least 15 minutes. Just before serving, place Frosted Christmas Tree and snowman on center of cake. Carefully invert bowl over decorations.
FROSTED CHRISTMAS TREE: Lightly brush a small star-shaped sugar cookie with corn syrup; sprinkle with silver edible glitter. For tree, tint canned vanilla frosting with green paste food coloring. Stack two ice cream sugar cones. Using a #32 open star tip, pipe tree branches onto top cone to resemble a pine tree. Decorate with candy-coated sunflower kernels or colored sprinkles; sprinkle with coarse sugar. Place star cookie at top.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 512 calories, 29g fat (20g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 356mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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