What to make when you’ve been snowed in for days? Snow cakeof course! When I proposed baking a cake the boy first suggested chocolate. I talked him into a “snow” cake insteada.k.a. coconut.
We used Ina Garten’s coconut cake recipethough I used unsweetened coconut instead of the sweetened she calls for. Reallythis cake is sweet enough. It’s a dense cakebut flavorful and stays moist for several dayswhich is important when you’re making a cake for just three of you. (Though we did take some to share on a snow-day playdate.)
This is the frosting I used on the boy’s 3rd birthday cake this past summerand it was an all around favorite — not sickly sweeteasy to makeand it held up on a humid August day — what more could you ask for? It does use quite a lot of butter … fortunately I stocked up before the blizzardbut we still needed to restock when the husband went out for a between-storm grocery run.
After frostingwe took a snowflake stencilcut out of wax paperand laid it gently over the top. We sprinkled a heavy layer of dried coconut (unsweetenedagain) over the openingsthen removed the stencil to reveal our snowflake. I had tried to talk the boy into dying the frosting light blue so the snowflake would show up betterbut he insisted that a snow cake had to be white. (Duh.) I think he was right thoughas it turned out just lovely. Don’t you think?
(You could easily adapt this to make a Valentine’s cake by tinting the coconut pink and making a heart shape on top.)
You can’t have cake without ice creamand I’d had snow cream on the mind ever since reading this article in the Washington Post. When I was a kidthe only thing we ever made with snow was orange juice-topped sno conesnot particularly creative. I remember wanting to make maple syrup candya la Little House on the Prairiebut I don’t think we ever did. So naturally I took advantage of the 30-some inches of fluffy white snow in our backyard to make maple snow cream — delicious and equally enchanting to kids and parents alike. (Wellthis parent at least!)
Recipe: Maple Snow Cream
1 bowl full of cleanwhite snow
1 cup cream
1/4 cup maple syrup
Instructions: Heat cream in a small sauce pan over low heat. When warmwhisk in the maple syrup. Remove from heat and let cool. Gather snow. Pour cooled maple cream over snowstirring to combine and break up any chunks that form. Enjoy immediately! Makes 4 servings.
What are you baking for – or with — your Valentine? It turns out I’m not the only one with home-baked Valentines on the mind — Kelsey of The Naptime Chef and Jennifer of Savor the Thyme are hosting a “Food is Love” challenge. Hop over to either of their blogs for the details; enter by TuesdayFebruary 16and you could win a prize from Scharffen Berger chocolates. Happy Valentine’s Day to you & your foodie families!