The queen of Christmas desserts combines the oldest ingredients found in Ukrainian cooking; honey, poppy seeds, and nuts. The rum butter cream and white icing marry very well with the heavier poppy seed sponge. Decorating tortes is a specialty in itself. Some cooks lay out elaborate folkloric designs and motifs from Ukrainian embroidery or tapestry patterns, using jellied candies or even multicolored hard candy. The white icing serves as a fine background. The only limit to one's imagination is that decorations should be edible.