Perhaps no holiday can do without a cake and the New Year in particular. If you make a cake for the New Year with your own hands, this will not leave anyone indifferent.
The hostess in her head may have a lot of questions regarding the preparation of the original New Year’s cake, so this article will help them learn more about what to cook and how to decorate the cake for the New Year.
Background of the appearance of the cake
Find out who is the first person to prepare the cake, is unlikely to succeed. It is known that the emergence of such confectionery treats, such as cakes, pastries and many other sweets, is associated with the start of sugar production. Its production began in the 14th — 15th centuries in Venice.
From there, it was shipped to other cities in Italy, and then throughout Europe. Even the word «confectioner» speaks for itself, after all, it happened it is the Italian word «conditioner», which, translated into Russian means — to cook in sugar.
The word «cake» is translated as «round bread» and also has Italian origin.
The distribution of cakes around the world began in France. It was the French confectioners who began to bake biscuits, jellies and meringues first. The word «cream» also has French roots.
The confectioner could only be the person who knew how to draw. Masters were engaged not only in modeling and drawing, they devoted a lot of time to studying history and architecture.
Therefore, there is nothing strange in the fact that modern French chefs have achieved such tremendous success in the confectionery field.
Further, cakes made of chocolate dough, as well as Viennese puff pastry cakes have come into fashion. They reached their peak of popularity by the 19th century.
They were usually soaked in whipped cream or milk chocolate syrups. Cakes that have several tiers, first began to be produced in England. In Russia, the cakes arrived only by the end of the 19th century.
To date, the recipes of cakes are a great many.
How to cook a cake for the New Year with your own hands?
In order to successfully prepare a New Year’s cake at home, it is necessary to take responsibility for the choice of products. You also need to mix the components in a certain sequence and properly bake the product in special conditions.
In general, there are many little things without which it is impossible to properly bake a cake on the New Year with your own hands. Even seemingly insignificant omission can lead to the fact that the biscuit can not rise.
In order for any housewife to make a New Year’s Eve cake with her own hands, she must follow a few simple rules.
Light in texture protein dough is an excellent basis for making melting in the mouth desserts — cakes, pastries, cookies. The basis for obtaining a fluffy mass is the correct whipping. First you need to separate the whites with yolks, then hold the whipping utensils and the mixer in the cold, and the dishes should be perfectly clean so that there are no traces of fat on it.
In order for whites for the New Year’s cake to be whipped more easily and quickly, you need to drop a few drops of juice squeezed from fresh lemon or a pinch of salt into them. Proteins for the New Year’s cake should first be whipped without adding sugar, then pour it in small portions, continuing to beat the protein mixture with a mixer until stable peaks form.
In some cases, sugar is added to whipped proteins, after which it is gently mixed with the protein mass from the bottom up using a spoon. As a flavoring in the dough, you can add cocoa, nuts, vanilla, lemon juice.
The secret of lush sponge cake is to pre-process flour by sifting it. In the process of this action, the flour is saturated with oxygen and purified from large particles and debris. For maximum effect, sift the flour at least 2 times.
If you decide to make a biscuit cake for the New Year with your own hands, then in order to make it light and airy, you need to add a little starch to the flour. It should be borne in mind that the biscuit does not like high volume, so during cooking you should not slam the doors loudly and open the oven until the dough is ready. When burning biscuit cake on top you need to cover it with wet paper.
If it darkens below, it is recommended to place a container with water down the oven. When the sponge cake is ready, you need to let it stand in the oven for another 5 minutes.
Next you need to hold it for at least 8 hours, preferably in a cool place. Biscuit after this will be much easier to cut and better to be soaked.
If you wanted to make shortbread dough cakes for the New Year, then it is important to know some information about it. Vanillin, cocoa powder, crushed candied fruits, nuts, lemon peel, lemon juice or various spices are suitable as flavors for such a cake. Ingredients and tools should be left in the fridge for a while before cooking.
Both the oil and the hands of the cook must be cold. Hands should be washed under cold water and dried with towels.
Otherwise, the oil will heat up from the heat of the hands, and there will be difficulties when rolling the dough.
Products must be 6-8 mm thick. If you need thicker, you need to add baking powder to the dough.
Rolled layers should be moved to the baking sheet by winding them on a rolling pin. If the dough is soft and cannot be placed on a baking sheet in this way, then it is simply spread on it.
If New Year’s cakes are made from such a dough, then you need to cool the ready-made sandwiches and only then remove them from the mold, since the consistency is very fragile, the hot cake can be easily broken.
Fresh puff pastry
Cake for the New Year with their own hands from puff pastry to bake at 230 degrees. In order that the product in the process of cooking is not swollen, it must be pierced with a fork or knife in several places. You can do this with a fork.
To the finished cake had an appetizing golden appearance, you can lubricate the surface with an egg. Readiness can be checked by prying the edge of the dough with a knife.
If it rises easily, the cake is not ready yet.
How to decorate a cake for the New Year?
Preparing the dough for the cake is half the battle. Here’s how to decorate the New Year’s cake?
After all, I want it to be not just a treat, but a dessert with the symbols of the holiday. Any hostess wants to surprise relatives and friends with her own dishes and a cake for the New Year with her own hands is no exception.
In recent years, sugar mastic has become very popular among confectioners. Mastic is an elastic product that can be prepared by yourself or you can purchase a ready-made mass of desired colors.
She received the name of sweet clay due to its properties. Various figures are made of mastic mass — symbols of the holiday.
It can be patterns, snowmen, snowflakes, trees, symbols of the next year. On sale there are special forms that facilitates the process of registration.
Great for cakes for the New Year, if you wrap the finished product completely with mastic, and then apply the elements of design. Below we analyze several options for making mastic at home.
Another original way to decorate a New Year’s cake is the use of chocolate. Chocolate is pre-melted and poured into a pastry syringe.
Thus, it is possible to carry out various kinds of drawings that need to be cooled in a refrigerator until they solidify. The resulting decor can be placed anywhere on the cake.
To have such chocolate figures can be both horizontally and stuck vertically into the cake.
You can decorate the cake on the New Year’s theme with the help of patterns, ornaments, lined with marmalade, sugar beads, jelly or ready-made confectionery powders. An excellent choice of jewelry are ready-made sugar figures, which are available in any confectionery department.
By the New Year, the abundance of choice can be impressive. Using sugar snowflakes, Christmas trees or beads to decorate the New Year’s dessert, you can make a real work of art from the cake.
The traditional option for decorating the cake is cream. The cream is placed on the cake with a special syringe or pastry bag.
Basic skills are enough to create a beautiful, unusual cake.
Decorations in the form of fruits will not only give the cake a beautiful appearance, but also make it a useful delicacy. In addition, fruits can serve as the basis for the decor of the holiday table, from which you can cut out different figures.
How to decorate the New Year’s cake? Here are some tips for decorating New Year’s treats:
- When decorating a cake for the New Year with your own hands, try not to use artificial colors that are not beneficial to the body. It is better to use berry juice for this purpose. Natural products will make the cake even tastier.
- No need to take as a basis for photos of Christmas cakes. It is better to create your own, unique decor, it will look much more interesting.
- Use only high-quality, fresh products, preferably natural, to decorate the cake.
- Making a cake, you need to know the measure in the number of decor, so as not to make the product sloppy.
Here are several types of Christmas cakes with different ways of making mastic on their own.
Cake «Winter’s Tale»
- 1 chicken egg protein;
- 200 g of powdered sugar;
For one cake will need:
- 2 chicken eggs;
- 200 g of flour;
- the same amount of sugar;
- the same amount of sour cream;
- baking powder bag for dough;
- 120 g of condensed milk;
- 100 chopped walnuts;
For the first cream you need:
- 500 ml of heavy whipping cream;
- 150 grams of blueberries;
- 80 ml of pineapple juice;
- vanillin to taste;
- a glass of sugar.
The composition of the second cream:
- 400 g of boiled condensed milk;
- 300 g of oil;
In the layer between the cake placed pineapple in the amount of 150 g
Step by Step Cooking New Year’s Cake
- Bake 3 squared cakes and 1 small round. He will need a snow slide.
- Mix flour with baking powder, sugar, eggs and sour cream together until a homogeneous mixture. The consistency of the dough will resemble not thick sour cream.
- Cover the baking sheet with baking paper and lay out the dough on it. All the cakes are baked at 180 degrees for about 3 minutes. It took half as few products to make a round cake as one large cake cake. Add chopped nuts to dough.
- Cook the cream. To do this, beat the cream with 33% fat to form persistent peaks. Divide the whipped cream into 2 parts. Pour pineapple juice in one part, then beat again. Lubricate the resulting cream first cake. Put slices of pineapples on the cream.
- Place the second cake on the pineapples. Brewing blueberries and sugar with a blender. Use blueberry puree to lubricate the second cake. Put the third cake on top of the second;
- Prepare mastic: beat mixer with boiled condensed milk and butter. Grind a round cake and mix the pieces with the third part of the cream.
- Form a hill from the resulting mass and place it on the upper crust. Brush with cream on the basis of butter the entire surface of the cake.
- Roll out the white mastic and cover it with the whole cake.
- Prepare icing, icing from egg white. To do this, beat the protein until foaming, add sugar powder and continue to beat further. Pour in some lemon juice. Beat up to a dense protein mass.
- Apply the resulting icing to the surface of the cake with a special brush, brush strokes depicting snow.
- Independently make figures out of mastic, symbolizing the New Year holiday. It can be snowmen, snowflakes, Christmas trees, Santa Claus, gifts.
Cake «New Year’s House»
Components for the test:
- 10 large spoons of flour;
- as much sugar;
- 10 chicken eggs;
- 1 spoon of cocoa;
- 2 spoons of flour;
- 4 spoons of sugar;
- 150 grams of butter;
- 3 chicken eggs;
- Vanillin to taste.
The top cream layer is prepared from 400 g sour cream and 200 g sugar. Add vanillin to taste.
Cooking Christmas cakes according to the recipe
- Bake cakes. First, sift the flour and pour it to, whipped with sugar, eggs. Cover the pan with baking paper, pour a third of the mass into it and send it to the oven. Bake 30 minutes at 150 degrees.
- The second part of the finished dough to shift to a baking sheet, anointed with butter. Make the mass shape of a rectangle. Bake for 25 minutes.
- The third part of the dough will be mixed with cocoa powder and baked in a frying pan for half an hour.
- Cool ready cakes. Cut the first cake in 2 pieces in the form of a pancake. We put them in turn on a large plate. Pour each piece of sugar syrup. Cakes will become wet. Then apply the cream on each of the pieces.
- For cream, beat sugar, flour, vanilla with a mixer. Pour the milk into the pot and boil it. In a hot milk mixture to send the cream preparation. Stir everything and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and put the butter in a saucepan. Stir for as long as the contents of the pan cools. Pour whipped whites into cream. All mix and apply to grease cakes.
- To create a cake house, layers of cakes 4 and 10 cm thick will be needed. All the elements of the house should be cut from a rectangular cake plate. Draw cream windows and doors on future walls. Fold all the layers so that you get a house with a roof. You can change the color of the house by painting it with a thin layer of cream of any color. The cream will be made from sour cream and sugar. You need to whip these 2 components and apply the cream on the surface of the top cake and the side of the cake. Here is an unusual cake — «House» and ready! You just need to decorate it to your liking and serve the guests.
Cake «New Year’s Hours»
Preparing a cake for the New Year with your own hands, called «Clock» is quite simple.
The following products are required for the test.:
- 200 ml of sour cream;
- 300 wheat flour;
- 1 teaspoon soda;
- 100 g of condensed milk;
- 200 g of sugar;
- 2 chicken eggs;
- 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder;
- 3 tablespoons of lemon juice;
- 100 grams of raisins;
- as many walnuts.
To prepare the cream you need:
- 300 g of condensed milk;
- 300 grams of butter.
For the cake under the numbers you need:
- 100 g of sugar;
- as much flour;
- ¾ spoon of soda;
- 1 egg.
To decorate the cake will need:
- 50 g chocolate;
- 5 tablespoons sour cream;
- 2 spoons of sugar.
- Rinse the raisins.
- Start cooking sponge cake. Beat eggs and sugar.
- Mix half a can of condensed milk with sour cream. Add the resulting mass to the egg mixture. To mix everything.
- Sift flour, add to it vinegar baking soda. Pour the flour into the total mass, mix until smooth.
- Divide the resulting dough into 2 parts. In the first add cocoa powder and walnuts, pre-chopped. Mix everything thoroughly. In the second part add raisins.
- Grease the form with butter and pour the dough into it. Each of the cake to bake at 180 degrees for half an hour. Soak the finished cakes with water and sugar.
- Prepare the cream: beat the butter with condensed milk. Put the mixture in the fridge until baked cakes.
- Cooled cakes spread with cream.
- Smear the top of the cake and sides with cream. Begin design. Boca can be sprinkled with chopped nuts or biscuit crumbs.
- Make another cream if the first is not enough. You can mix sugar with sour cream.
- Roll the cooked coasters in a cream of sour cream and sugar and place them on the cake. If the cream is left, you can spread it on the middle of the cake.
- To write numbers on the cake, you need to melt the chocolate. This can be done in a water bath.
- On the dense file to draw the numbers with chocolate. Put in the fridge to set. 10 minutes is enough.
- Measure the desired length of the arrows to draw them on the cake with the tip of a knife. Separate the chocolate numbers from the file and move them to the cake. After transferring all the figures again briefly send the cake in the fridge.
Cake for the New Year with their own hands «Snowman»
For the dough will need:
- 150 grams of sugar;
- 10 g vanilla sugar;
- 100 g of flour;
- 4 chicken eggs;
- 125 g butter;
- 60 g of starch;
- 1/10 teaspoon salt
To prepare the cream you need:
- 0.5 kg of cottage cheese;
- 400 g of whipped cream;
- 28 g of gelatin.
- Beat all the ingredients of the dough using a mixer and pour the resulting mass into a greased mold. It is better if the shape is semicircular.
- Bake the cake in the oven for half an hour at 180 degrees.
- Mix the ingredients for the cream and whip them together.
- Fill the molds with cream and place them on top of each other.
- Spread cream over the whole cake and sprinkle with coconut flakes.
- Decorate the resulting sweet snowman.
If you want to surprise your guests, then a cake for the New Year do it yourself — this is exactly what you need!