Christmas cakes

One of the best things about working at an FE college has to be the opportunity to learn new stuff.  At the beginning of November I started a short (6 week) course on cake decorating for Christmas. I had a few reasons for doing this – I had decided months ago to make hampers for the majority of my Christmas gifts, and I thought that a cake would be a lovely addition to the hampers. Also, I had never done anything more than slap some butter icing on a cake, and thought that this could be both good fun, and quite useful.

stars cake

It was a fabulous course. In week one we lined our cake tins, and made truffles, week two was mixing the cake, and the rest of the course was mazipanning and icing it.   In addition to the 3 cakes i made at this class, I’d made a large square cake at home in October, that I had cut into 4, and  fed with brandy every week. When we started the cake decorating, I replicated at home, what we’d done in the class, thus creating 7 Christmas cakes.

snowmen cake

This is the recipe I used for my cakes at home. I liked it because it scaled things up for different size tins. It doesn’t recommend the brandy, but I think it’s common knowledge to feed the cake!  The other change I made was to soak my fruit in plenty of rum for a week before baking.http://www.imaginativeicing.demon.co.uk/ChristmasCakeRecipe.html

choirboy cake

I was amazed at how easy it was to create the figures and the decoration. We had a fabulous teacher who explained things incredibly well. The choirboy and angel are my favouite creations from the class…

angel and choirboy

For my home cakes I kept the decoration simple, not having access to the many colourings. I simply used sugarpaste stars, silver sugar balls, and edible glitter, with a white ribbon round the outside.

The cakes got a great reception. THe only problem was that I hadn’t kept one back for myself and the husband. See I don’t like Christmas cake, and i’d completely forgotton that the husband does. He’s been hassling his family for cake every visit!

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Published in: on January 19, 2009 at 11:06 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Wow, sounds really interesting! The figures look so professional- you must have a natural flair for cake decorating!


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