Neri’s Krupni-cake: a yuletide Out of the Books Experience

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Blessed Yule, and more Seasons Greetings, Bookwyrms!

Back in October, I listed some of my favorite fictional treats, including a spiritually spiked log cake that inspired me to make my own Lithuanian Christmas version.  A quick Google search led me to this recipe for a Krupnikas pound cake.  I pulled out a bundt pan (to make a wreath instead of a log), added a few extra decorative ingredients, and va!

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It’s supposed to look like a birch wreath.  I used ground cloves for the stripes, candy-coated almonds for the leaves, and mini marshmallows topped with espresso beans for forest mushrooms.  It…didn’t exactly make me see the Holy Trinity at first bite, but it was a respectable attempt.

Have any of your favorite stories inspired you to try a new recipe?  What are some of your favorite Christmas desserts?


  1. We’ve had Winnie-the-Pooh and Narnia themed cookbooks. One of the Narnia recipes, the “Beaver’s dinner” was such a hit that we still make it once a year or so when our now-adult children are here. It’s fried trout, boiled potatoes, and a “gloriously sticky” marmalade roll.

    • That sounds delicious! One of these days, I’m going to get myself a Harry Potter cookbook, as well as some fairy tale cookbooks by Jane Yolen.

  2. I don’t have any recipes from books that I’ve tried, but I did recently make a coconut, cocoa, lava cake creation with an attempt at cheesecake frosting 🙂 If I find the recipe I hashed together, I’ll let you know ^_^

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