This cake is as magical as the season's first flurry. Snowflakes made from royal icing are miniature at the top of the cake and larger at the bottom, giving the impression of a gracefully drifting snowfall. The tiers are frosted smoothly with Swiss meringue to resemble tightly packed snow.
If you're craving towering tiers and buttercream, this staggering confection is proof that you can serve cupcakes without sacrificing those classic-cake moments. Inspired by tradition, this vanilla cake is fresh, fun, and meant for sharing.
Red velvet cake, whose namesake hue is provided by food coloring, is a favorite dessert in the South, but its exact origins are unknown. No matter where it comes from, we are celebrating its merits -- deep crimson color and rich, cocoa-tinged taste.