Top 6 Christmas Showstoppers

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Fancy showing off a little this Christmas? And don’t worry if you are not the world’s best baker our cake and bakes recipes will take you through each step to help you along the way to create the perfect showstopper this Christmas.

So, if you really want to impress your guests check out our Top 6 Christmas Showstoppers…

The flavours in this showstopper cake are inspired by the flavours of eggnog. The sponge is lightly spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon and the frosting is flavoured with brandy, but you could use your favourite tipple instead. Whiskey, eggnog’s traditional dark rum, Irish cream, even kalua would be delicious options in the frosting. Watch the video here

Pastry Chef Aoife Noonan’s Mulled Fruit Pavlova created for Kenwood.

Aoife Noonan is a multi-award winning pastry chef and TV chef from Dublin. She graduated with a Culinary Arts degree before moving on to work in some of the best restaurants in the country. She was Head Pastry Chef in 2 Michelin Star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud for nearly 4 years, before taking on Executive Pastry Chef positions in various restaurants in Dublin.

This is perfect showstopping cake this festive season. You can watch the full step by step video here.

Cranberry and Orange Bundt Cake – This is a cake with a velvety crumb and flavours of bright orange and tangy cranberries. Not a lot of fuss is needed to decorate it, but it still looks like a gorgeous showstopper with its bejewelled sugared cranberries, and, it feeds a crowd.

A beautiful cake for the holiday season, the sponge is flavoured with warming ginger, cinnamon and a hint of all spice. It’s topped with cream cheese frosting and decorated rustically with store-bought Christmas cookies, berries, or any other festive edible ornaments you can make or find.

For a less intense treacle flavour, you can swap the dark Muscovado sugar for light soft brown sugar. Recipe sponsored by Kenwood Ireland.

This 3-layered showstopper of a cake is a crowd-pleaser! The light, yet very chocolatey sponge layers are sandwiched with a creamy ganache filling. The entire cake is then covered with fluffy marshmallow frosting with a little toasting in places for that feeling of sitting cosily near a fire, toasting marshmallows on the ends of sticks. This cake is luscious, yet it’s also deceptively light. A perfect end to any meal.

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