Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Advent Activities: Christmas Morning

We have a small Christmas tree in the basement. Next to that is the bookshelves that hold our stockings. So we leave milk and cookies downstairs for Santa. Every year he brings each of the children one gift. Last year it was so sweet because he left the lights on the tree turned on and Bookworm noticed there was a light on downstairs. When we walked down the steps I could tell she was nervous that Santa was still down there! We enjoy opening that one special gift from Santa and the stockings that Brad and I fill. This is all before my family comes over for the morning. When my parents arrive its game on for me and my mom. That is Christmas Morning Cake game on!

Growing up my mom would make Christmas Morning cake and we would eat some, open gifts, eat some more cake, play with our gifts, eat some more cake.... I don't know if a cake ever made it to lunch time. Now with more people eating my mom and I both make a cake. I'm just putting this out there for you mom but I've been perfecting the frosting all year by using it on the cinnamon rolls. *insert evil laugh*

I think it was when I was in highschool that I realized Christmas Morning Cake could be had other days of the year besides Christmas day, that was a super day!

Here is the recipe for you to enjoy any day of the year, but I must say there is something special about having it Christmas morning.

Christmas Morning Cake

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon salt (optional)

Cinnamon Nut Mixture:
3/4 cups chopped nuts
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar

Cream together butter and sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla.Add dry ingredients alternately with sour cream. Pour half of the batter into a 9x13 inch greased pan or a Bundt pan, well greased. Add 3/4 of the cinnamon nut mixture. Spoon on rest of batter to cover nuts. Cover that with remaining cinnamon nut mixture. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 30 minutes. When cake is cool, frost with powdered sugar frosting if desired. (And if you don't desire, you might be losing a grip on reality, just sayin'.) 

Andi and Brad have been married since 2002. They have five squishers who keep them on their toes. She is a second generation home educator. In her spare time Andi creates and sells handmade goodies in her shop, Andi Gould Designs.

1 comment:

  1. That cake sounds super delicious! Isn't it funny the way our little rituals play out for children so that it never occurs to them how normal something is - like eating cake on other days?

    I love that you have activities to celebrate advent - I know every year my mom bought me an advent calendar and my sister could never get through the second week of December before she had eaten all of her chocolate! Merry Christmas!

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