Of all the fabulous things I love about the holiday season, my favorite is the tradition of cake! Several years ago, Philippe tried a new recipe that was officially titled « gâteau framboise-coco-chocolat blanc » that was so delicious I immediately renamed it Christmas Cake. This was a not-so-subtle attempt at suggesting this cake should become a permanent part of our holiday tradition. Luckily, it worked, and we’ve had this delicious delight each year since then. Not so luckily, my requests to have it at other times of the year are now immediately rebuked because it is reserved just for the holidays. I really didn’t think that one through. Last year, we enjoyed it in the form of a bûche de noël, or yule log, and it somehow tasted even better that way. I actually painted this on the 90th day of doodlewashing from the same reference photo to see if I’ve improved, topping it with some imaginary raspberries this time around. I’ll let you be the judge. You can find the first version by clicking here.
This year, our oven decided to die just before we started all of our recent travels. Well, it had a problem with the digital interface panel and started beeping incessantly, so we had to kill the circuit breaker to silence it. Though we have a small countertop convention oven that will usually do the trick for most things, it’s too small to bake the sheet cake needed for a proper bûche de noël. Philippe informed me of this, and I was expectedly crestfallen. The wall plug appeared to have flipped a circuit recently and when I went to reset it, I accidently turned the oven back on. Magically, it was working just fine again and ready to bake! I don’t know if this would count as a Christmas miracle, but in our house it’s pretty darn close.
So all has been restored and we’ll be enjoying a fabulous food-filled Christmas ahead. The gifts are definitely something to look forward to, of course, but if you could try a bite of this cake I’m sure you’d agree it’s one of the best presents of all. It’s still a couple weeks away, but I’m thrilled for its arrival. These little traditions make the holidays so incredibly special. Those wonderful things that only come once a year are totally worth the wait. I’m thrilled to be back home for awhile and ready to enjoy the season properly. Complete with a working oven, dark chocolate filled with genuine spirits (courtesy of Costco… they’re awesome!), and the legendary dessert that will now be forever known as Christmas Cake.
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