Happy New Year’s!!
I am ending this year with some. glitz, sparkle, shimmer and CAKE.
Kir Royale New Years Champagne Layer Cake. Ok so I am ending it with some fanciness too. I realized I never made a cake for my blog all year!! This had to be remedied asap. Whenever I make cakes its usually for my daughters birthdays and I make big fancy layer cakes for them but I never blog them. I think those cakes are best left for their birthdays and I never make them wait for me to photograph them or take a slice out before they get a bite. But when I make a cake for my blog everyone has to wait for a bite!
I got this wild idea to make royal icing snowflakes and have them sticking into the cake to look like they were falling – but they also ended up looking like New year’s fireworks after I stuck them in the cake. So these work for both snow falling and fireworks.
These were tedioius to make but so worth the labor of love. They came out exactly how I wanted them too. I also decided to go crazy and get disco dust all over myself and my house and make a glittery 2016 in royal icing as well for the cake.
Sparkly, glitzy, glittery, shimmery. Messy. I think I will be cleaning up sprinkles and glitter until 2017. It was all so worth it for this decadent Kir Royale New Years Champagne layer cake.
I have made so many cocktails this month that I figured why not a cocktail cake. I had so much champagne in the house from all my champagne cocktails I figured why not a champagne cake. I saw this one HERE from Butterlust blog and I decided to make her recipe with a few tweaks. I love Kir Royales. Creme de cassis with champagne. Simple but really delicious. I thought a play on a Kir Royale in cake form would be really good.
The cake itself is boozy. Two whole cups of champagne. It makes for a really flavorful and moist cake with a nice hint of champagne. I brushed the layers with creme de cassis as well as added in black currant jam to some of the vanilla swiss meringue buttercream for the filling for more of the Kir Royale flavor.
I love the color of black currants and the taste is really good. I love the pop of purple in this cake. Also covering the cake in sprinkles helps hide any flaws or bumps in the frosting and allows for less than perfectly smooths sides. It gives the cake a fun shimmer and hides imperfections – win win!
This was such a fun cake to make and decorate. And? You can’t have a slice of cake without a glass of champagne to go with it!
Celebrate the new year with a slice of this Kir Royale New Years Champagne Layer Cake. I will be!
Royal icing snowflakes
For the cake:
For the Filling
For the decorations
To frost and fill.
I made Haniela’s small batch royal icing. I printed out snowflake clip art. I placed a square of wax paper over a snowflake and traced the snowflake with royal icing in a pastry bag fitted with a #2 or #3 piping tip. I placed a #20 white floral wire on top and topped with more icing. Let dry until firm. Carefully remove from the wax paper and trace the flat back side with royal. Let dry fully before placing in cake. These are very fragile so make sure to make extras since they will break.
For the 2016 I sprinkled disco dust over the top right after piping the numbers in royal icing so it would stick to the numbers as they dried.
Royal icing snowflakes
Cheers!! I wish you all a very Happy New Years!! Here’s to an amazing 2016!!