White Christmas Desserts
Readers have told us over and over that they like the convenience of cake mixes, but when we doctored a mix for the revered cover cake, we received a barrage of phone calls and emails. How dare we take a shortcut? What was the world coming to when the Southern Living Christmas cake was made from a mix? Lesson learned.
A decadent trio of dark chocolate cake layers is the delicious surprise inside this festive package. There's no need to worry about picture-perfect swirls of frosting—just spread it on. Then decorate like a pro simply by pressing finely chopped white chocolate and almonds into the top and sides of the cake. Tie on a ribbon, and you have a stunning dessert that tastes every bit as good as it looks.
- Recipe: White Chocolate-Almond Cake
It’s anyone’s guess as to how Japanese fruitcake became such a huge holiday hit in the fifties, or why it was called that in the first place. We decide to cash in on its retro charm with a fresh, delicious version of the traditional by Test Kitchen pro Pam Lolley.
Test Kitchen Tip: When you make Snowflake Shortbread or other sugar cookie cutouts, omit the leavening or choose recipes without it so the cookies keep their shape during baking.
- Recipe: Snowflake Shortbread
This cake is hands down the tastiest of the many takes on tiramisù we ran across during judging of our White Cake Contest. Michelle Matile's runner-up recipe offers the delicious flavor of traditional tiramisù but the decorating opportunities of a layer cake.