Pandoro Christmas Tree Cake with Limoncello Whipped Cream
1 Pandoro Cake - found in local Italian markets in the US and Italy
1 pint whipping cream
1/2 cup Limoncello - I use my own homemade version
Colored sprinkles (optional)
Prepare just a few hours before your party or the cake can get a little soggy
Slice Pandoro cale horizontal into 5-6 slices
Set slices aside in order from bottom to top
Starting with the bottom slice, place on decorative plate or platter
Set aside 1/4 cup of Limoncello
Whip the shipping cream along with remaining 1/4 cup of limoncello
Using pastry brush, "paint" cut part of this layer with reserved limoncello until just damp
Spread top with whipped cream mixture
Top with 2nd layer of Pandoro cake, offsetting the points to resemble branches of a a Christmas Tree.
(It is ok if some of the whip cream drips out between the layers as it give it the effect of snow on the Christmas tree.
Repeat "painting" with Limoncello and Limoncello whipped cream for addition layers, alternating the points.
Top the tree with the last of the limoncello whipped cream
If desired, lightly shake colored sprinkles over all to complete Christmas tree effect.
Pairs Well With
I first had this cake on our 2nd trip to Sicily visiting my wife's family. It was the holidays and Pandoro cakes are everywhere. These are less well know here in the US, where most stores stock Panattone fruit cales for Christmas. Our cousins, Serafino and Francesca made this wonderful, dressed-up, Pandoro for a party and I wanted to add it to my repertoire for my Annual Christmas Cookie Party. I usually make it with a commercially available cake, rather than making my own, as it requires a special pan and a bit of talent. I now have a excellent local source of these cakes, so I needn't bother.