When I was thinking about the post I wanted to link up to December’s Celebration Cakes And Bakes I knew pretty much straight away that I wanted to write about the cake I made for my family last Christmas. Not only because it’s one of my favourite cakes that I’ve ever made but also because it’s the image I used for the Celebration Cakes and Bakes badge.
I wanted to make a snowy night scene with Santa in his sleigh flying across the sky above the trees. I decided to do two tiers with cupcake trees at the bottom and more trees around the edge of the main cake. I spent a lot of time looking for inspiration but in the end I pretty much made the design up as I went along.
I bought some cutters to use for the fondant of trees, stars, a sleigh and reindeer, Santa and his sack of toys I cut out free hand. I covered the cake drums with plain white fondant and used white for the trees on the cake to make a simple snow covered scene. The stars in the sky I made silver.
The cake was my standard chocolate cake recipe.
For the cupcakes I used my standard vanilla cupcake recipe and made a pale green vanilla frosting which I swirled into a peak to create pine trees. I added blue silver and white sugar pearls, white chocolate stars at the top and finally used a pearlescent shimmer spray to give a frosty effect.
Last Christmas was before I started blogging and before I started putting a lot of thought into taking good photos of my cakes. Luckily my husband decided to play with my camera and took a couple of nice angled shots of it. The one I think is most effective has (as I said earlier) become the badge for my monthly linky Celebration Cakes and Bakes. I’m linking this post to December’s and I hope it inspires you all to make exciting Christmas cakes!