Gingerbread Cake with Buttermilk Icing

12 Days of Christmas Holiday Cake and Cheesecake – Days 11 and 12

Merry Christmas To All!

I have to apologize that my last two recipes for Christmas Holiday Cakes and Cheesecakes are being posted two days after Christmas, but the hustle and the bustle got the best of me! I …. am….. sooooo …. sorry!
However, to make up for this, I am posting two really great recipes.  The first one is a delicious Gingerbread Cake with Buttermilk Frosting from Southern Living.  Gingerbread is truly one of my favorites and this cake captures the great flavor of gingerbread with the essence of molasses, cloves and crystallized ginger.  The tang of the Buttermilk Frosting and the addition of the Spiced Glazed Pecans (walnuts would also be great) takes this cake over the top.  A truly delicious cake!
Gingerbread Cake with Buttermilk Frosting
Gingerbread Cake with Buttermilk Frosting from Southern Living via MyRecipes
Land O'Lakes Eggnog Cheesecake Bars
Eggnog Cheesecake Bars from Land O’Lakes

My final offering for the 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Cake and Cheesecake recipes are these wonderful Eggnog Bars featured on Land O’Lakes.  Nothing says Christmas more to me than Eggnog.  Its rich and creamy taste, with a hint of nutmeg, and sometimes the addition of rum, is truly a joyous occasion and I look forward to it each and every holiday season.

Hot Buttered Rum Sauce Recipe from Betty Crocker
Hot Buttered Rum Sauce from Betty Crocker

And since I have a hard time leaving well enough alone, allow me to suggest that this Hot Buttered Rum Sauce from Betty Crocker would truly be a delightful topping for this delectable cheesecake.  While I realize the addition of a rum-based sauce may not be to everyone’s liking, for those of us who like our eggnog spiced with rum this is truly the way to go 🙂

So there you have it folks… my final offerings for the 12 Days of Christmas Cakes and Cheesecakes.  I have had a great time rounding up these recipes to share with you and I truly hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have.

Before I bid you farewell, I would like to share with you my favorite Christmas Poem: The Night Before Christmas.  As a small girl, I would look forward to my mom pulling out our cherished Christmas decorations and books.  This book was the one I loved the most and could read again and again. The vintage illustrations were beautiful and the rhyming of the story truly made Christmas Eve such a magical and wonderful night.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do…

Twas The Night Before Christmas
Twas The Night Before Christmas
 Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
 While visions of sugar plums danc’d in their heads,
And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap-
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
 Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and call’d them by name:
“Now! Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer, and Vixen,
“On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Donder and Blitzen;
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
“Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As dry leaves before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys – and St. Nicholas too:
And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound:
He was dress’d all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnish’d with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys was flung on his back,
And he look’d like a peddler just opening his pack:
His eyes – how they twinkled! his dimples how merry,
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face, and a little round belly
That shook when he laugh’d, like a bowl full of jelly:
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laugh’d when I saw him in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And fill’d all the stockings; then turn’d with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He sprung to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, like the down of a thistle:
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight-
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
From my family to yours here’s hoping you and yours have a blessed Holiday season!
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