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Celebration Cake for Twelfth Night - Grape Cake!
Submitted by Pam on Fri, 01/04/2013 - 18:15
Happy Twelfth Night!
As has become my recent tradition - I am celebrating with a brand new (to me), unusual cake! Grape Cake!
Many countries around the world celebrate December 5th-6th with special cakes. Loving the idea - I have borrowed the tradition! (You can find links to special cakes enjoyed in previous years near the end of the post.)
Simple yellow cakes baked with a glaze of sliced fruit and brown sugar and butter - an absolute favorite summer treat around here! But winter offers few options - peaches, apricots, plums, cherries, blueberries - gone. This lovely simple cake fills the void nicely!
We were surprised to find the grapes actually retain some of their original texture and flavor - unlike most of the summer fruits which tend to soften and lose texture.
Her image alone is worth the hop over! So pretty!
I used dark purple grapes instead of red grapes. As long as they are seedless - try your favorites! Might even be very cool looking with green, red and purple grapes!
Instead of using fresh buttermilk called for in the recipe, I used powdered. Using fresh buttermilk tends to create a firmer batter - powdered buttermilk may be responsible for the fruit floating to the bottom! Next time - fresh buttermilk.
Oh well - still delicious! Fresh fruit in a simple cake in the middle of winter!! We are loving it!
Previous Twelfth Night Celebration Cakes:
Wishing you a warm fire on frosty mornings…..
and sparkly lights to brighten long winter nights ahead.