In leu of Valentines Day, I decided to try a Finnish recipe called lumikakku, which translates to ‘snow cake’. Its called this because of its white coloring as it requires egg whites. With the Valentines spirit, I have tweaked this recipe to create an incredibly delicious, delicate and elegant cake.
In Finland, Valentine’s Day is actually targeted more towards celebrating friendship instead of romantic relationships. However, since in many other countries this day is a day of love, I geared this desert to up the romance and sweetness. The topping on this cake can be as plain as powdered sugar sifted on top to create a snow effect or it can be decorated with strawberries, flower peddles, icing, sprinkles or whatever you think will catch that special person’s eye. I chose this blue fondant flower because I used these flowers on the cupcakes I made for my wedding.
My great-great grandfather, Alfred Niinikorpi and his wife Maria Ekelia Niinikorpi came to the United States to start a family and a new life. My great grandfather Aarre was born and he met my great grandmother Hilja.
Together they brought my grandpa Elmer into the world and Elmer found my gorgeous grandmother Rose dancing in the street and had to have her. On July 22, 1950 they were married in Washington and created a wonderful family that along the line included me. They were married until my grandpa Elmer passed away in 2016 at 88 years old, my grandparents had a long loving marriage of 66 years.
I miss my grandfather so much it’s painful and there is a lot of questions I never got to ask and time I wish I would have spent more of with him. I am so thankful to still have my grandmother to hear stories from and learn more about my heritage. I urge you during this time of love to reach out to those you don’t say “I love you” to as often as you should and give them the time you will wish you did one day.
In honor of this commercialized holiday, I would like to express my thankfulness for the love of a man that I somehow earned as it is the true reason of celebration. I am so grateful for the support, love and adventure he has brought to my life. My hope is that everyone may celebrate this day with the person they love the most.
Happy Cooking and Valentine’s Day!
Snow Cake Layer Recipe
- 1 ½ Cup White Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- ¼ Cup Melted and Cooled Butter
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 8 Egg Whites
- Preheat the oven to 350°
- In an electric mixer, whip the egg whites on a high setting until they begin to foam. Slowly add the white sugar. Continue beating until the mix forms peaks in the bowl.
- Slowly mix in the vanilla, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cornstarch.
- Gently fold in the flour and cooled butter, mix until batter is smooth and lump-free.
- Grease a circle (or heart) pan with butter and coat with sugar. Pour the batter into the pan.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350°F for 30 minutes. Poke the center with a toothpick to ensure that the center is baked if the toothpick comes out clean.
- Turn the take upside-down onto a cooling rack. Allow Cake to cool entirely.
- Prepare the filling. (See Recipe Below)
- Once the cake is completely cooled, slice the cake in half so there is a top and bottom layer. Use the layer that was baked in the bottom of the pan as the top layer to achieve a crisp brûlée.
- Pipe with an open star (or any other design you like) gems that cover the entire bottom layer.
- Gently set the top layer of the cake on top of the piped gems. Using a sifter or tapping a fine sieve, sift powdered sugar over the top of the cake until the desired look is achieved.
- You may use remaining buttercream to decorate the top, sprinkles, icing or fresh sliced strawberries. Make your night’s showstopper is personal and beautifully elegant!
Rose Buttercream Filling
- 1 Cup of Salted Butter
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Tablespoons of Rose Water
- 4 Cups of Powdered Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon of Heavy Cream
- Pink Food Coloring
- Cream together the butter and the powdered sugar in an electric mixer with the whisk attachment.
- Add the vanilla, rose water and heavy cream. Whisk until smooth and consistent.
- Slowly add the pink food coloring until the desired color is achieved.
- Scoop the buttercream into a piping bag with an open star nozzle (or any other design you like).