how to make a pandoro Christmas tree cake! Every year I see the big boxes of Panettone and Pandoro cakes in their pretty boxes stacked up high at all the grocery stores at Christmastime. For years, I was vaguely curious because I confused all of the cakes in boxes with Panettone which has nuts and fruit. That’s not my thing unless maybe it’s a traditional fruit cake.
Pandoro vs. Panettone
A traditional Italian dessert at Christmas is to serve either Pandoro or Panettone. But which one?
Pandoro cake means “golden bread.” This Italian cake originated in Verona. It is a golden color and traditionally it’s a star shape. They come in a box and typically you even get a packet of sugar to dust on top. It can be served this simply or stacked up like a Christmas tree. (Which is exactly what we did)!
Panettone is from Milan and has a signature dome shape. This sweet yeasty bread is loaded with raisins and candied fruit.
Most people have a preference for one or the other. The only thing to do is to buy one of each! That way everyone is happy!
Pandoro Christmas tree cake
How to make a pandoro Christmas tree cake for a family tradition!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 6-8 1x
- Category: dessert
- Cuisine: Italian
- one Pandoro cake
- 2 cups ricotta cheese
- 1/4 confectioners’ sugar, plus extra for dusting
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped
- Drain the ricotta in a mesh strainer
- Whisk the ricotta
- Add to a bowl and sift in the confectioners’ sugar and spices
- Whisk together to combine
- Fold in the whipped heavy cream
- Slice the cake (4 thick pieces)
- Place the largest star on the bottom, cake side up, and add a layer of the ricotta cheese mixture, and spread evenly making sure to cover the tips of the stars.
- Repeat with the next two stars, placing each layer on top leaving the tip exposed.
- The final star is placed cake side down and then top the center with more of the cream mixture.
- Decorate with chocolate chips and chocolate kisses on top.
Keywords: dessert, Christmas desserts, holiday, cake, panndoro, panettone
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