Christmas cakes – finale

baking, christmas

At last, the finishing touches have been put to the Christmas cakes for 2012. Boxed and wrapped they ( more than 60) are being collected and all the proceeds will be helping Music healing Trust and Cancer Research.


I know this isn't a reindeer but I thought my Swedish moose would suit a red nose and he lives in the right general area of the world! The piping nozzle no 233 give a super grass effect. It is equally good for hair.


Christmas green, red and white always look great. Leaf nozzle no 69 is invaluable for a good looking Christmas wreath and red fondant or red colored marzipan balls will finish it off. There are so many tiny candles/ tea lights around at this time of year, it's a nice idea to place one in the cake and light it as a centerpiece – just don't forget it if you light it!

Santa is a candle too.

Mini cakes are always very popular and a great fund raising idea. Just bear in mind that time wise it takes you almost as long to marzipan, fondant ice, decorate and package a small cake as a large. I make mine in mini cake pans – there is less wastage which is really important when making rich boozy fruit cakes as opposed to sponge cakes where you might not mind discarding edges.

Santa did feature in an earlier post but he insisted on getting his picture in again on the 2012 run down.he's still stuck in the cake but hopefully will extricate himself soon…



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4 thoughts on “Christmas cakes – finale”

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  2. Jeannette says:

    I love all of your cakes! Can you tell me the size of the small round tins you use and from where you buy them, please?


    • Thanks so much. I have several sizes for the small cakes- 2″/5cm and 2.5″ work well. The Alan Silverwood brand sells 16 mini pans on a tray- that’s what I use. Lakeland have a good selection of you are in UK. Anne


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