New Year’s Coconut Horoscope Ram/Sheep Cake
New Year is one of the most important holidays in Russia. Coming from Russia, I love this wonderful tradition to have a family gather on New Year’s Eve. Even though my family is far away in Moscow, my family here is my husband, our daughter and I always call and send greetings to all of my loved ones who are in Russia. My day on December 31st always starts with many hours of telephone and Skype conversations with my relatives. My husband and I always have a glass of champagne with everyone who is there via Skype. And then later that evening we have our own celebrations with traditional Russian dinner, fireworks, dancing, singing and watching our families favorite Russian New Year TV programs and of course we drink more champagne! I always try to make something special for this special holiday and sense next year is going to be a year of Ram/Sheep/Goat (based on the Chinese Zodiac) I decided to make a New Year’s Coconut Horoscope Ram/Sheep/Goat Cake.
For about 10-12 servings you will need:
For the biscuit:
• 5 eggs
• 1 butter stick
• 1 margarine stick
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 cups of white granulated sugar
• 2 cups of all purpose flour
• 1 cup of coconut flakes
1 cup of buttermilk
Tip: to replace butter milk add 3 teaspoons of lemon juice into 1 cup of milk and let it set for about 5 minutes and it will be ready to use.
For whipped sour cream frosting:
2 cups whipping cream
1/3 cup of sour cream
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Let eggs, butter and margarine to sit for about 30 minutes at room temperature.
Preheat oven to 350F. In large mixing bowl beat on medium and then high butter and margarine. Add sugar to the butter mixture and continue to beat.
Separate egg yolk and egg white.
Mix egg yolk to the butter mixture until combined then add vanilla, baking soda and flour.
Then slowly add buttermilk and continue to beat on medium speed.
Mix coconut flakes until well distributed.
In another mixing bowl beat on high egg whites (add a pinch of salt to the egg whites, it will help to make them fluffy)
until stiff peaks form(tip stand straight).
Carefully fold egg whites into batter until lighten.
Poor cake batter into two greased 8inch round baking pans and bake for 30 minutes.
Let baked cakes completely cool down.
Meanwhile prepare the frosting. In mixing bowl beat whipping cream, sour cream, sugar and vanilla until tips stand straight.
Slice each cake into two pieces.
Frost each layer with the whipped sour cream.
Decorate as shown below using frosting as your sheep’s fur, blueberries for eyes and strawberries for the ears, mouth and nose.
Serve your cake the same day.
Happy New Year!
With only the best wishes!