A party without cake is just a meeting. I totally agree! With this New Year cake with cake topper it is the best way to start fresh into the new year! Besides the beautiful new year theme cake with chocolate drip and gold leaves and the custom cake topper in gold as well! It is not gold on the outside, but also on the inside! A rich vanilla cake with refreshing lemon curd filling and cream cheese frosting. Gold is the color of this New Year’s Day Cake. You can view the entire making of in my Instagram Highlights. For more creative cake recipes check out my celebrations & creative cakes section.
Easy Lemon Curd Cake Recipe
Let me tell you from the beginning, that this is an easy lemon curd cake recipe and perfect New Year’s cake flavors! For this homemade lemon curd cake we need three essential parts: the vanilla cake, the homemade lemon curd and the cream cheese frosting.
It is a rich vanilla lemon curd cake, thus we start with whipping butter until light and fluffy. We add the sugar, salt and vanilla and whip it for another couple of minutes. Then, every egg is added individually and incorporated into the cake batter for about half a minute. In order to obtain a perfect cake better, use eggs on room temperature. Last but not least, we add the flour and baking powder to the cake mix. I fill the cake batter in four cake pans and bake them for a short time to maintain the softness.
Baking with lemon curd is fairly simple in this lemon curd cake recipe, because we add it to the cake once cooled down. How do you make lemon curd? We heat up the lemon juice, we set a bit of the lemon juice aside and mix it with the sugar, eggs and cornstarch. Once the lemon juice is almost boiling we add the sugar mixture and keep stirring gently until it thickens, now it needs to cool down and it should become firm like a pudding. We add the butter to it so it becomes a nice lemon curd buttercream.
Cream Cheese Frosting
For the best New Year Cake recipe a refreshing cream cheese frosting is a must, and it is the simplest part. We only need to mix cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar and vanilla. Important that butter and cream cheese are on room temperature, to avoid having butter pieces in the frosting.
Happy New Year’s Cake Design
When I was gathering New Year Cake ideas, I wanted a classic cake and came up with this lemon curd cake easy recipe. How to make lemon curd cake is fairly simple, once all three parts are ready we just need it stack it. For that we spread cream cheese frosting on the cake layers and then spread the lemon curd on it, but importantly leaving about a thumb thick space to the edges. To complete the Happy New Year Cake design we cover the best lemon curd cake in the remaining cream cheese frosting.
For an elegant New Year Cake decoration we are using dark chocolate drip. This is made within a couple of minutes by heating up heavy cream and pouring it over finely chopped dark chocolate. Let sit for a minute and then gently stir until it becomes perfect chocolate ganache. Once this is done, it is important for the New Year’s Cake design to have the cake cooled. Then dropping the chocolate ganache carefully on the edges of the cake and then cover the top. When the cake is cooled it prevents the cream cheese frosting to melt when the warm chocolate ganache is poured over it.
Custom Cake Topper Personalised
For the final touch we create an edible cake topper ourselves. I’ll show you how to make a cake topper DIY:
- Print out the personalised cake topper design; here a 2021 in 2.3×5 inch / 6x13cm
- Carefully melt white chocolate
- In a piping bag, write out the number on parchment paper and cover with sprinkles
- Let cool down, turn, add a wooden stick to it and cover with chocolate and cover in sprinkles again
Now we have made the custom cake topper and can stick it on top of the cake!