I love to bake. I also love to eat. I really love to eat. I am terrible at cooking, but my baking usually goes right.
I have coeliac disease, so all my baking is gluten free. I will share some posts with my favourite recipes soon. For now though, I just wanted to share some pictures of my last two christmas bakes.
I love being creative with the decoration. My dad told me last year about how much he loved his dads christmas cakes, because they always had a really creative scene on them with some wow factor. My grandad died before I was one, so I never got to witness any of these amazing cakes, but I wanted to have a go to surprise my dad last year.
This was my first attempt! It. Took. Hours.
I couldn’t find any orange though so I spent about 20 minutes kneading orange food dye into white ready made icing and adding more icing sugar to keep the right consistency while getting even colour. Penguin problems.
I made the ice hole using blue sugar crystals, and carved the side of the igloo with a skewer to make it look like ice blocks. To get the shape of the igloo I actually baked a small fruit cake that size and shape using a tiny glass bowl, then covered it in marzipan and icing. To make the door I used a blob of black icing left over from the penguins and folded a thin layer of white icing over the top. I was pretty pleased with how it all turned out!
The cake went down very well with my dad, so I decided to make another this year. I went for a chocolate log instead of a Christmas cake:
I made one long thin cake added the filling and rolled it into one long roulade, then I cut it about a third down at a 45 degree angle. I used the smaller part to make a branch then evened out the end of the main bit. That gave me a triangle for ‘taste testing’ which is a vital part of all my baking. Because I love to eat, did I mention that? I used a skewer to make my approximation of a wood pattern, and then piped on the holy just because I wanted some colour in the cake. I think it turned out pretty well!
I left the ends uncovered with butter icing because I was secretly proud of the swirl. That’s right, I have too little in my life to be proud of. Must accomplish more.
Merry Christmas! Happy Feasting!