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Day 5 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (with Denise Hughes)

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It’s Day 5 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

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11th Annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (2018) December 4-15 at karenehman.com.

My day five guest is my fellow team member at Proverbs 31 Ministries Denise Hughes, who is an author and also one of our First Five app Bible teachers. Here she is with a scrumptious traditional Christmas recipe. Enjoy!


Long before you could find a boxed cake mix for red velvet cake, my grandma always made a red velvet cake from scratch on Christmas Day. It was her way of celebrating Jesus’ birthday. We call it our Christmas Cake. (But please note, this recipe is not for the super health-conscious! It includes red food dye! You can always purchase natural food dye online or simply leave the dye out and still enjoy the delicious taste!)


Mixture #1

Crisco               ½ cup
Sugar                1 ½ cups
Eggs                  2

Mixture #2

Flour                2 ¼ cups
Baking Soda      1 tsp
Salt                  1 tsp

Mixture #3

Cocoa               2 tsp
Red Food Dye   2 oz.

Mixture #4

Buttermilk       1 cup
Vinegar            1 tsp
Vanilla              1 tsp

Using a mixer, alternately combine the four mixtures in a large bowl. Pour the batter into two 9” round baking pans. (Lightly grease and flour the pans first.) Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool and turn out onto cooling racks. Many people serve red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. You can see one of Karen’s favorite homemade recipes to use by clicking here but store bought will also do in a pinch.

What is a traditional Christmas food you or your family enjoys? Please share! Bonus points if you share the recipe. (Not really. We’d just love to see it so we can try it out!)



Day 5 Giveaway

Denise is giving away a $25 gift card to LifeWay and a copy of her book, Deeper Waters: Immersed in the Life-Changing Truth of God’s Word.

Enter to win Day 5 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways with Denise Hughes at karenehman.com.


Denise J. Hughes is the author of Deeper Waters: Immersed in the Life-Changing Truth of God’s Word and the General Editor for the CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible. She enjoys writing for the First 5 app by Proverbs 31 Ministries, and she is currently pursuing an M.Div. at Gateway Seminary. You can connect with her at denisejhughes.com and on Instagram: @DeniseJHughes.

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11th Annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (2018) December 4-15 at karenehman.com.

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  1. I like to make lasagna for Christmas because I can make it up ahead of time and enjoy more time with the family.

  2. Always love a new homemade recipe with tradition and love behind its ingredients! Thank you for sharing! We always love traditional sugar cookies from my stepmom Karen’s recipe which was passed from her mom. The best part is decorating with the frosting, each a different cookie cut out and color…never alike but so yummy and full of love!

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