Restaurants may be setting up their tables for guests to dine in during the festive season but some may prefer to do a small gathering with family and friends at the comforts of their own home — by having a potluck party. It may sound difficult to organize one, but just abide by these rules and your party will be a success.
When it comes to parties such as these, a theme is set (in this case: Christmas) and guests are assigned to bring dishes (home cooked or store bought) according to that theme. That’s basically it and you will have a successful potluck party in your hands. If you are attending one and in charge of bringing Christmas cakes or desserts, consider this perfect timing.
Christmas cake options are definitely not lacking. We have the traditional ones such as fruitcakes, red velvet cakes, and Christmas log cakes. There are also the regular sponge cakes that are decked out in fondant and Christmas decorations set to be the centerpiece of the table. What’s better than to finish the party with something sweet?
We’ve listed down 8 types of cakes from different bakers across Kuala Lumpur — some are available in-store and others come with delivery services, so you can save the hassle from driving out just to collect them (or better yet, send the cake straight to the event).
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- Little Collins' Baileys chocolate cake
- Huckleberry's X'mas fruitcake
- The Tiny Temptress's Christmas Rudolph cake
- Eats and Treats Bakery's Frosty the Snowman
- Junandus's Christmas cranberry chocolate cake
- The Coffee Bean's classic holiday log
- KEK & Co.'s fruitcake
- Kooky Cream's Christmas strawberry shortcake
This chocolate cake is decorated with chocolate metallic domes, strawberries, macarons and a festive gold “Merry Christmas” topper, but underneath all that is a light chocolate mousse made with Baileys Irish whisky cream that is layered in between chocolate cake.
There is nothing more traditional to bring to a Christmas potluck party than a fruitcake — unless you’re not a fan of fruits and nuts. Huckleberry’s X’mas fruitcake is rich in citrus peels, cranberries and raisins. It is soaked in rum and brandy for over a month giving it a magnificent flavour and radiant fragrance while keeping the cake moist. Finally, it is topped off with a choice of fruit and nut or marzipan and fondant.
Give Santa’s co-star some attention too with this Rudolph cake. It is a seven inch vanilla sponge cake with yummy cocoa buttercream.
Not only will this cake look amazing on the potluck table, it will taste as great as it looks too. Choose from moist chocolate, vanilla butter or red velvet to be baked into Frosty the snowman cake.
Underneath the Christmas tree, presents and white snowflakes is rich chocolate cream and fresh cranberry fruits layered between moist chocolate cake. This would make the perfect gift for potluck parties, and friends and family.
Another Christmas favourite, the French Buche de Noel — but the bakers at The Coffee Bean gave a slight twist to the classic by filling the log cake with chocolate ganache and frosted with chocolate mousse for this festive season.
While traditional fruitcakes are usually soaked in rum, this one is still moist with chopped fruits and nuts but minus the alcohol. This cake would be great for big parties and events, including kids.
This strawberry cake is great for those who prefer something lighter and fresher. It is loaded with Chantilly cream and a generous number of strawberries. At 9 inches, you can get 10 to 12 yummy slices of cake for your guests.