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Christmas Cake with Chocolate Trees

  • Vegetarian Diet

    Diet based on cereals, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and other animal foods such as honey and eggs. Excludes meat, fish, mollusks.


For the sponge cakes

  • Preheat oven to 170* C (338* F) Fan.
  • Prepare a 30x40 cm rectangular pan by lining it with parchment paper, greasing it with butter and dusting with cocoa powder. Set aside until needed.
  • In a mixer, add the eggs and sugar and beat on high speed using the paddle attachment until light and fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour and cocoa powder.
  • Lower mixer’s speed and add the flour mixture.
  • Mix for a few seconds and transfer mixture to prepared baking pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow it to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Turn out onto wire rack and allow it to cool completely.
  • Cut out two circles that are 20 cm in diameter, using a metallic cutter or a plate that is the same size. Place the cutter at one corner of the sponge cake and cut out. Then place it at the diagonal corner and cut out.
  • You will have to create the third circle out of the remaining sponge cake that will be made out of 2 half circles. In order to do this successfully, place the diameter of the cutter on the large side of the sponge cake and cut out a half circle. Repeat the same process on the diagonal side.

For the raspberry cream

  • Melt the chocolate couverture in a bain marie and keep it warm.
  • Place a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the 350 g of milk, vanilla powder and sugar. Allow it to come to a boil without stirring.
  • In the meantime, whisk the egg yolks, cornstarch and remaining milk in a bowl, making sure there are no lumps.
  • When the mixture in the saucepan comes to a boil, stir and remove from heat.
  • Add the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan while continuously whisking and place back on heat.
  • Whisk continuously until it boils and thickens.
  • When you have a thick and smooth cream, remove from heat and add the white chocolate, raspberries and butter. Stir with a spatula until completely incorporated.
  • Spread the mixture in a baking pan and cover with plastic wrap, making sure it touches the surface of the cream directly so that it doesn’t form a film on top.
  • Refrigerate.

For the frosting

  • Beat the heavy cream in a mixer on high speed using the whisk attachment until fluffy.
  • Gradually add the icing sugar and continue beating until you create a thick, smooth whipped cream.

For the chocolate trees

  • Fill a pastry bag with the melted chocolate.
  • Pipe out small Christmas trees on a sheet of parchment paper and refrigerate to chill.
  • When ready, very carefully remove the trees from the parchment and decorate Christmas cake.

To assemble

  • In a saucepan, add the water and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely.
  • Remove from heat and set it aside to cool.
  • When it is lukewarm, add the cognac and stir to incorporate.
  • Allow the syrup to cool completely.
  • When ready, drizzle over sponge cakes.
  • Spread half of the raspberry cream over one of the sponge cakes.
  • Cover with the second sponge cake and spread the remaining cream over it.
  • Cover with the third sponge cake.
  • Place the whipped cream on the top of the cake and spread it evenly over the whole cake with a spatula.
  • Decorate with chocolate trees and voila!!!!
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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
38 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
51 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
100 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
34 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
70 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
34 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
28 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
5 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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