Finished Christmas Cake

I have a bit of a blog backlog (guilty face). As a result, in mid February, I am now uploading a picture of my finished Christmas cake (even guiltier face).

I used the Santa and the reindeer I’d made in previous posts. I also made a Christmas tree, just to really crowd out top of my 6 inch round cake!

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Gingerbread Cupcakes – Hummingbird Bakery

I decided to use the Hummingbird Bakery’s Cake Days cookbook to inject a bit of festive cheer! The other recipes I’ve tried so far have all been really successful – Sticky Toffee CupcakesChocolate Guinness CakeRed Velvet Cupcakes, Marbled Cupcakes and Caramel Cupcakes. I decided given the impending festive season I needed to Christmas up my life a bit! I found a recipe for Gingerbread Cupcakes in the book and decided to test run it! Here’s how I got on!

Gingerbread Cupcakes! Yum!

Gingerbread Cupcakes! Yum!

The apartment began to smell really Christmas-y when these were baking! A definite creator of Christmas cheer! I have step by step photos and a link to the recipe after the cut! Continue reading

Mince Pies

I made my first batch of mince pies yesterday, the smell in the kitchen really made me feel Christmas-y! I use a Ballymaloe recipe for the pastry, it’s a rich pastry – it uses a lot more butter than normal and an egg to bind.

Remove from the tray, cool on a wire rack and dredge in icing sugar.

Remove from the tray, cool on a wire rack and dredge in icing sugar.

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Sugarpaste Santa Tutorial

After making a reindeer for my Christmas Cake I decided he might be a bit lonely up there on his own. So I made a Sugarpaste Santa as company for him!

Santa and Rudolf, reunited and ready to be placed on my cake!

Santa and Rudolf, reunited and ready to be placed on my cake!

If I get time I’ll try to make a snowman and a Christmas Tree. I love making cute little things like this, they’re almost cartoon-y! I’ve a step by step photo tutorial after the cut!
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Sugarpaste Reindeer Tutorial

I needed a break from studying today (I’ve had two exams in a row! I’m tired!) So I decided to make some decorations for the top of my Christmas cake.

Just waiting now to be united with Santa on my cake!

Just waiting now to be united with Santa on my cake!

I started with a reindeer, he’s kind of adorable. Next up is a Santa, a Christmas tree and a snowman! I’ve a step by step photo tutorial after the cut! Continue reading

Edible Christmas Presents at PinkGinger

I went to an Edible Christmas Presents cookery demonstration last night in PinkGinger. I’m feeling very festive now as a result, despite having sat my second exam this morning!  We learned how to make a range of delicious sauces and treats that we could give as gifts. My nearest and dearest are almost certainly getting chilli jam, truffles and biscotti from me this year! I may have to add to my Christmas Prep post! More below on what we did and how it went!

Chilli Jam - PinkGinger Edible Christmas Presents

Chilli Jam – PinkGinger Edible Christmas Presents

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