30 Days of HoliDIY: Peek-a-Boo Christmas Tree Loaf

It's what's inside that counts with this holiday pound cake from The Naptime Chef

During the holiday season, I love to give friends and family homemade gifts from our kitchen. This could be anything from a simple jar of chocolate sauce or homemade jam to a beautiful loaf of pound cake. This particular cake is a favorite of ours to give to friends with children. It's always a fun surprise to cut it open and find the Christmas tree. Plus, the moist vanilla flavor makes it perfect for slicing up as an easy holiday dessert or midday snack. We’ve even put slices on a plate for Santa on Christmas Eve and there wasn't any left the next morning!

 

What you'll need

 Christmas Tree Loaf

The Naptime Chef

4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
8 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Green food paste

Step 1

 Christmas Tree Loaf

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8x4 loaf pan and set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat 2 sticks of butter and 2 cups of sugar until light and fluffy. Then beat in 4 eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Finally, beat in the flour and salt until just incorporated. Add a drop or two of green food paste and mix well until the batter turns green. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.

Step 2

 Christmas Tree Loaf

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Bake the cake for about 55 to 60 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow the loaf to cool completely. Then, slice the cake into 1-inch slices and use a cookie cutter to cut out Christmas tree shapes.

Step 3

 Christmas Tree Loaf

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Line the tree shapes up in a buttered 9x5 loaf pan so they are all in one straight line and tightly packed together. Set aside and prepare the batter for the second cake.

Step 4

 Christmas Tree Loaf

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In a mixing bowl, beat 2 sticks of butter and 2 cups of sugar until light and fluffy. Then beat in 4 eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Finally, beat in the flour and salt until just incorporated. Carefully, pour the vanilla batter over the green trees in the loaf pan, keeping the trees in their tight line. Fill up the pan to 1 inch from the top. If you have leftover batter, you can use it to make cupcakes.

Bake the cake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for 15 minutes in the pan, then invert it onto a wire rack to cool completely. Slice through the middle and you will find your Christmas tree!

You're Done!

 Christmas Tree Loaf

The Naptime Chef

Kelsey Banfield is the blogger behind The Naptime Chef, where she shares recipes, DIY projects and tidbits about her family. Follow her on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

 

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