Are you ready to start your Christmas baking yet??? I have personally got to a stage this year where I'm thinking, what will I do this year for my own Christmas cake? I usually have all of this planned by mid November, but there's just so much on at the moment that I'm choosing to step back, and cut back! Trying, anyway!!! What about you?? I usually bake throughout the month of December (yes, so what is different you might say to any other time of year??) but for me, I traditionally bake a new biscuit or small cake for each week of advent...I don't eat them all!! And YES I'll be sharing some new recipes over the month of December, so make sure you join me on twitter or facebook or networked blogs to get the recipe updates!!!
I make usually up a selection of biscuits and cookies into small gift boxes to give to friends and to make platter of Christmas Cookies on Christmas Day. I like to bake something special for Christmas eve...and I'm still deciding on that one. Last year, for the first week of advent I baked Christmas muffins, and this year I made cake pops with the kids (my cake pop recipe and tutorial). Below is a picture of my kids' decorating...yes I bought the icing trees, they're so cute! You could also use my recipe for fruit cake balls as cake pops too. The crushed peppermint candy canes were really yum!
Here are a few of my favourite places to get inspired by Christmas Cake pop designs and gifts! Click on the picture to see each website.
The wonderful thing about being on facebook and online for that matter, are all of the awesome baking friends and I make, and who inspire me with their talents! I have been seeing so many wonderful ideas for Christmas cake decorating, and so I've invited a few of my baking friends to share their beautiful creations with you all. I've also incuded some other great ideas from bakers I've found along my online travels! I hope you find the rest of this blog post inspiring to kick start your Christmas baking!
Victoria Hansen has generously shared some ideas from Black Book Cooking which has a fantastic list of Christmas baking and edible gift ideas. I'm always inspired by the easy to follow tutorial Victoria produces and the wealth of her knowledge and expertise as a foodie...here is her video tutorial on baking her family traditional Christmas cake with a twist!
These are a sample of Rachael Vyner's cupcakes from Plush n' Lush Cupcakes, she makes the most delicious flavour combinations, she's featured a few times on my blog! Thanks Rachael
The Cake That Ate Paris has made this amazing marbled Christmas tree cake....I'm thinking about making this....but seriously I don't have the time!!! Maybe I'll be tempted
Wiltons is a favourite website of mine to visit because there are alwaysmheaps of ideas to bake and decorate or just go, awww that's cute, like these Christmas themed cupcakes:
Michelle from Sugablossom Cakes, has kindly shared with us her classic style fondant covered cakes for Christmas
Here are some more cute cake ideas I came across by The Cupcake House....I love this giant cupcake
I stumbled upon this novel cake idea for a gingerbread cake by Stacey's cakes...fun for kids of all ages 😉 a great idea for an alternative to fruitcake too
For some last minute ideas, please visit Cake Appreciation Society's blog post about "Hot Tips for a Cool Christmas" as Adrianne shares four of her tips to get you and your family through the festive baking season, and on the fan page, she shares the World's Most Expensive Christmas Cake.
"This diamond fruitcake is edible after you remove all the 223 diamonds encrusted in it. The cake is a part of a seventeen piece exihibit called "Diamonds: Nature's Miracle" And costs... $1.65 Million USD" Baked back in 2005, by a Tokyo Pastry Chef, this cake took 6 months to design and another month to construct. The Chef did not disclose the ingredients. The cake was sold prior to Christmas that year.
We're guessing whoever received it, didn't re-gift it?"
I hope you enjoyed this post...Please let me know in the comments which of these are your favourites, or what you are baking this Christmas...and please visit the blogs of these very talented and creative bakers
Oh...and I couldn't resist one last photo, some cute candy Christmas tree cupcakes by Bakerella!
Happy Baking! If you think any of these ideas would inspire your friends, please share this post