We love Christmas, it’s such a joyful time of year filled with friends, family and movie marathons. Taking time off work to relax and really review the past year is ideal, especially when you have sweet baked goods to snack on!
To get your festive baking juices flowing, we chatted to our good friends over at Anges De Sucre, about cake (when are we not discussing sweet treats) and their favourite flavours and styles from around the world. So if you have ever wondered what a chic christmas Parisian desert is, or how the Canadians celebrate, now is your time to find out.
If you’re not familiar with Anges De Sucre, the team makes bold, beautiful and totally bonkers cakes. They offer it all, truly from sculptural artistic cakes to fun, unexpected twists, whatever you can imagine and more! And they know their stuff, the Anges bakery was founded in 2011 by Reshmi Bennett upon her return to London from Paris where she trained under several truly amazing Michelin-starred chefs and learnt the art of baking. Reshmi still works in the bakery on a daily basis where she designs every single cake!
Buce de Noel
The Bûche de Noël cake is a French Christmas tradition that dates back to the 19th century. The cake represents the yule log that families would burn starting on Christmas Eve. The burning of the yule log symbolized the new year to come and would bring good luck to the family, yet absolutely noone in France knows how this log became a cake! Its a decadent treat; Vanilla cream rolled in delicious sponge and topped off with cranberries or a topping of your choice – mouthwatering!
Roscon de Reyes
This classic cake is a traditional Christmas dessert in Spain and Latin America. It’s easy to make, and a fun game to play; find the hidden toy in your slice for good luck all year!If you’ve ever visited Spain around the holidays, then you’ve probably seen a roscón de reyes. These crown-shaped Kings’ cakes fill the windows of pastry shops every winter, and small children rub their hands with glee just waiting to bite into one. If they’re lucky, they’ll even break a tooth on a ceramic figurine of tiny baby Jesus hidden inside the cake!
If you fancy a treat but with a different texture try out Filipino rice cakes. These Rice Cakes are a traditional part of Philippine holiday celebrations as grains symbolise abundance for the coming new year! This delicious recipe calls for glutinous rice or malagkit, it’s sticky and sweet, perfect to reset the palette and bring on the good vibes for 2022.
The Canadians are not so different from us, delving into traditional fruit cake come December. Packed with dried fruits such as pineapples, cherries, raisins and dates, mixed with pecans and soaked in rum, this heavy cake is perfect post lunch!
Once you’ve decided on your alternative festive treat, we highly recommend a visit to Anges de Sucre for some next level decorating ideas.