Yule Cake

This is the desert that my daughters and I make once a year at our Yule dinner party. We always invite the people that we spent the most time with the previous year that we wish to spend more time with in the year ahead. We serve these friends that are our chosen family a dinner of roast beef, cheesy mashed potatoes, roasted brussle sprouts, and apple walnut salad. After dinner, when everyone has a cup of egg nog, we turn off every light and honor the darkness. We then we light many candles to bring back the light. We toast the year that has passed and raise our cups with our wishes for the future. Then, we serve the yule cake. The yule cake is chocolate ladyfingers layered with bright red whipped cream with an almond on top. The brown represents the world tree, the red is to herald the sun, and the almond on top is for luck.

Recipe makes 5 cakes. Preheat oven to 325. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Beat until light:
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1 T. flour
1/8 t. salt

In a seperate bowl, beat until stiff but not dry:
4 egg whites
1/2 t. cream of tartar

Fold the two together. Pipe into 2″ rounds on the cookie sheet, about 1/4 inch thick. Bake 13-14 minutes and let cool.

Whip:
3/4 c. whipping cream
1 T. sugar
red food coloring

Layer the cake with the whipped cream in 3 layers on individual plates. Dust with powdered sugar and top with a single almond.

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