Contrary to popular belief, it’s not only sweet little ol’ grandmas who like to bake around the holiday season — though props to all our grandmas for turning marathon holiday baking into an art form. These days, just about everyone wants to try their hand at baking, especially around Christmas when sub zero temperatures make the idea of congregating in a warm and toasty kitchen seem like a little slice of heaven. So, Grandmas of the world, take a well deserved break with a frosty stein of Steam Whistle and leave some of the Christmas baking to your hipster grandkids. Or kick your hipster grandkids out of your kitchen and try this recipe yourself.
Distinctly sweet, absolutely delectable and beautifully different, this is a baked treat that will delight all this holiday season. (Just be aware that not all alcohol evaporates while baking, so this is dessert should be enjoyed responsibly by those 19 and older.) Prepare to immerse yourself in the meditative, sense stimulating, happiness promoting, ritual of Christmas baking!
Here’s one of our favourite Christmas baking recipes, using Canada’s favourite pilsner.
Steam Whistle Christmas Cake Recipe
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs
- 1 ½ tsp of baking soda
- 1 ½ tsp of baking powder
- ¾ cup of butter or margarine, softened
- ½ tsp of salt
- 1 ½ cup of sugar
- 1 ½ cup of sour cream
- ½ cup of Steam Whistle
- 1 ½ tsp of vanilla extract
Topping & Filling:
- ½ cup of sugar
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 2/3 cup of chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 10-inch tube pan.
In a large mixing bowl, combine baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour.
In a medium bowl, cream your butter and sugar together. Once mixed, add eggs, sour cream, vanilla and Steam Whistle to the mixture. Stir well for two minutes.
Next, pour this mix into the bowl with baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour. Again, blend them well for approximately two minutes.
Combine the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and walnut chips together in a small, separate mixing bowl to make the filling.
Back to the big bowl: add ⅓ of your cake batter into your greased 10-inch tube pan. Then, sprinkle ⅓ of your filling onto the batter, distributing as evenly as possible.
Repeat two more times until batter and filling are used up.
Place pan in oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the a toothpick can be removed cleanly from the cake and the top of the cake is a golden brown.
Christmas Baking Tips
Take it easy on the Steam Whistle while baking. You need to be focused on mastering this Christmas baking recipe and wowing your friends and family members with your mad baking skills.
Always PRE-HEAT! The bake times are set for an oven that’s at temperature, and failure to preheat can mess up your baking timeline, which can result in an epic baking fail.
Follow instructions carefully, using baking measuring spoons and cups to properly measure amounts. Also, mix wet and dry ingredients separately, as specified. This ensures properly distribution of the dry ingredients throughout the batter, which will result in a more flavourful, delicious Christmas dessert.
Don’t overcheck on your baking in progress. This can disrupt the temperature of the oven, and lead to wonky bake times, and an over or underdone cake. Check once or twice, max.
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