Here in the United States, cookies are the most popular treat during Christmastime. We were curious about holiday sweets in other countries, so we reached out to several of our international distributors and Wilton Method Instructors to learn more! In this 12-part series, a different country and traditional dessert will be featured each day. Today’s blog and recipe comes from Claudia Iffert. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, she now lives in Germany and is a certified Wilton Method Instructor as well as CEO of the CakeAcademy.
The Christmas sweets season in Germany starts early. In some stores you will find the first gingerbread cookies at the end of August. Some people make fun of it, some people buy them early on. When the days get shorter and it’s starts getting cold outside, families prepare for the season; then traditional Christmas sweets become really popular again. At the beginning of December, when we celebrate Santa Claus, children place their boots for Santa to fill them with chocolate.
During these days baking and cooking starts in most homes. Kids bake cookies together with their friends and parents and fun events take place everywhere. Once the good smelling cookies are cut out and cooled down from the oven, they are filled into small gift bags for friends and family. Others can also be placed on the Christmas tree and will be taken now and then by the little kids, when their parents pretend not to look.
But in addition to this cookie focused tradition, baking and decorating delightful cakes with different winter themes became more and more popular in German kitchens during the recent years. A wonderful winter wonderland or Santa Claus cake is an eye catcher on many German Christmas tables.
For our festive Christmas cake we prepared several light biscuit flan cases. After they cooled down we filled them with a lemon cream cheese crème. Because this crème cannot be used under sugarpaste, we covered the whole cake with a vanilla ganache. Afterwards, the cake was covered with sugarpaste. For the boots, gloves and cap and for the snowflakes we used Wilton cookie cutter sets.