Submitted Date 12/24/2018

My boyfriend and I are hosting dinner for Christmas Eve which has resulted in him taking over when it comes to the dinner portion. As for the baking, that is all me. Having grown up baking my way through Christmas time, I embraced the chance to get back to it after my time in Saudi Arabia.

I have honestly been so busy that planning a menu while job hunting and freelancing as a writer has been a bit overwhelming. I knew I wanted to make some simple treats but also want something new, something I had never made before.

If you are as limited on time as I have been, here are some suggestions to help you get through Christmas while still baking some homemade treats without resorting to buying already made cupcakes from the local supermarket disguised in a homemade frosting.


Make Red Velvet!


Red velvet always seems to be a hit. Go for it!

This Christmas, I decided to make red velvet cake for the first time. Yes, I was pressed on time. But I did not want to compromise when it came to deserts, which are the best part of the meal. I wanted to make something that I know everyone would love. So, I searched for a recipe and found one on the New York Times website.

I have honestly had a love-hate relationship with red velvet since I find the food coloring does not agree with my taste buds. Knowing that most people love red velvet, I opted to look for alternatives to either adapt the recipe or modify it in some other way. I came across this white velvet cake recipe that is literally better than red velvet, in my opinion.

I must admit. I did a test run of each recipe because I can be a bit of type “A” when it comes to baking. For me, this is one of the ways I express my love for those around me.

Which one did I end up choosing?

Both. I decided to make one layer of each, for those that love red velvet and those that merely like it.

Let’s talk frosting.

I have been slightly obsessed with white chocolate the past year. So, I wanted to do something with white chocolate. After googling white chocolate frosting, I came across this recipe for White Chocolate Buttercream that has almost 4000 reviews and 5 stars. Obviously, a hit. So that was a winner.

And after my test run, I could not get enough. YUM!


This is by far one of the best cakes I have ever made. I do not know if it is the cake flour or all the butter I used, but it is moist and full of flavor. I personally love the white velvet the most. Homemade and full of love, it is beginning to taste a lot like Christmas.


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  • David Ross Washington Jr 5 years, 3 months ago

    Kerri, do you mind sharing the recipes for the White velvet cake?

    • Kerri McLaughlin 5 years, 3 months ago

      Here you go!

    • David Ross Washington Jr 5 years, 3 months ago

      Thanks Kerri. Appreciate it. I thought that was an interesting cake idea. I also don't like food coloring. I try to make recipes as natural as possible.

    • Kerri McLaughlin 5 years, 3 months ago

      I do not like food coloring either. They offer you options but I just did the white velvet.