It's New Year's Eve! We're celebrating with a Champagne Cake, from Valerie Gordon's new Cookbook, Sweet.
When I was growing up my family had a New Year’s Eve tradition of celebrating with strawberry ice cream, Champagne and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. My parents seldom drank Champagne: it was a treat that was enjoyed on very rare special occasions, but always on December 31st. I must have been 16 or 17 years old before I realized that Champagne could be paired with a food other than strawberry ice cream.
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I like Champagne. I satisfy my craving for it much more regularly than my parents did, and I always enjoy some on New Year’s Eve, too. This Champagne Cake pairs perfectly with the champagne you’ll probably be drinking to ring in the new year. And while you don’t have to finish the cake with gold leaf to enjoy it, the gold adds a beautiful, celebratory element to an already delicious cake. It makes a decadent last hurrah for the year, while being the perfect way to start the New Year. Enjoy!