PANDORO CHRISTMAS TREE CAKE (ITALIAN CHRISTMAS CAKE)

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A beautiful Pandoro Christmas Tree Cake made with Pistachios and White Chocolate. This festive Christmas tree shaped cake is a super fun and impressive Italian dessert yet it won’t take you longer than 15 minutes to make! Spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating the festive season!

Pandoro (brilliant bread) is a very delicate and light, vanilla-scented Italian Christmas cake like panettone.

It’s totally delightful and the ideal treat for the happy season particularly in view of its Christmas tree shape.

You can make it yourself utilizing a pandoro cake tin* yet I love to get them at the general store and transform them into a happy work of art which is a great deal more fun and truly fast.

That is to say, how amazing is this cake and it takes no longer than 15 minutes to make!

HOW TO MAKE PANDORO CHRISTMAS TREE CAKE – STEP BY STEP

  • First, add the mascarpone to a bowl and add the liqueur and powdered sugar.
  • Beat the mixture with an electric mixer until combined.
  • Step by step photos for making a pandoro cake filling
  • Next, add the chopped white chocolate and pistachios and mix together with the mascarpone mixture.
  • Cut the pandoro cake four times to create five sections.
  • Spread each section with the mascarpone mixture and sprinkle with a few red currants. Lay each slice of pandoro back on top of each other as you go so the points don’t match to resemble a Christmas tree.
  • Decorate the rest of the cake with a few more red currants and pistachios and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • Step by step photos for making a pandoro christmas tree cake
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A beautiful Pandoro Christmas Tree Cake made with Pistachios and White Chocolate. This festive Christmas tree shaped cake is a super fun and impressive Italian dessert yet it won’t take you longer than 15 minutes to make! Spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating the festive season!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 464kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large Pandoro cake
  • 2 cups Mascarpone (17.5 oz/500g)
  • 1 fl oz Vin Santo or liqueur of choice (30ml)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar (icing sugar) plus 1 tablespoon for dusting (70g)
  • ¼ cup pistachios plus a few extra to decorate (25g)
  • ½ cup white chocolate finely chopped (50g)
  • ½ cup Red currants or pomegranate plus extra for decoration (3.5 oz/100g)

Instructions

  1. Put the mascarpone in a large mixing bowl with the vin santo and powdered sugar and whisk together for 1 minute. Add the chopped white chocolate and pistachios and stir through, set aside.
  2. Cut the pandoro in five slices from bottom to top. Spread each layer evenly with the mascarpone mixture making sure to scatter a few red currents on each layer.
  3. Lay each slice of pandoro on top of each other so the points don’t match to resemble a Christmas tree as you are layering the mascarpone mixture.
  4. Top with a dusting of powdered sugar and some more red currents and pistachios.
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Notes

  1. Use a serrated bread knife to cut the cake into sections
  2. Pistachios give a fun festive green colour to the cake but you can swap them for other nuts if you prefer.
  3. You can also swap the white chocolate for milk or dark chocolate.
  4. If you’re freezing leftover cake then make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and foil.
  5. You can follow this recipe with panettone instead (it’ll be delicious) but you won’t get the same Christmas tree effect.
  6. Pomegranate can be used instead of red currants.

Nutrition

Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 532IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg

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