I had to make a cake for my cake decorating class on the weekend and when I put the question out to my friends who would be eating it, I got such helpful responses as, "something wintery". So, I googled, "winter cake flavours" and came across this recipe. I decided to go for that general idea but was rushed so altered a boxed cake by adding pecan butter, spices, milk and extra eggs. I left out the rum because I'm not huge on alcohol in desserts. I also made pralines (had to attempt these twice - oh candy, you will never be my friend) and chocolate icing to go in the centre, which was quite yummy indeed. It was just the wintery cake we needed to warm us up after skating on the Rideau canal.
As for the cake decorating class, it was very informative. I learned A TON, and will have to make an effort over the coming months to put some of it into practice so I don't forget it all. Here is just a bit of what we learned and the final product, my cake. I wasn't totally happy with it because I was kind of tired and rushed by the end of the day, but it was still not bad.