Quick Holiday Tip: Snowflake Cake Design

Pear gingerbread cake with a snowflake design.
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I happen to love spicy gingerbread, and this rich pear gingerbread cake from Gourmet is a keeper in my recipe file.

An easy way to make it — or any plain cake — a little more festive? Conjure up your elementary school snowflake cutting skills, and snip away on parchment or wax paper. Place the paper snowflake on top of your cake. Scoop powdered sugar into a sifter or fine mesh strainer and shake over the cake. Carefully remove paper and, voila, a lovely design on your now gorgeous cake.