Side Orders: Dark Forest Cake creates a new Christmas tradition

Anne Braly
photo Anne Braly

Christmas cakes are a much-anticipated part of the Christmas dinner. Visions of sugarplums may dance in some heads, but slices of cake dance in mine. Showstopping layers of moist cake slathered with luscious creamy frosting are the stuff of which my sweet dreams are made.

Recently, I went in search of something different from traditional cakes like Yuletide logs and red velvet cake. The result was something of my own creation that combines a popular German confection, Dark Forest Cake - ideal during the holidays as it reflects the country from which many of our Christmas traditions come - and everyone's favorite, cream cheese frosting, or a variation thereof.