Monday, 19 December 2011

Decorating Your Christmas Cake

I'll be honest, I haven't been feeding my cake anywhere near as much as I should have. Oops. At least I can still make it look pretty. Check out some ideas for your cake this year.

My new favourite is from Delia Smith's Waitrose Christmas Cake mix this year. I love the silver balls sitting inside the icing! Check out her video on how to ice your cake to look just like this here!

"Red Ribbon"

When in doubt, just keep adding snowflakes. 

One for the Chocoholics

"They make it look so effortless." - but actually took about 10 hours

"I have way too much time on my hands" - when sometimes, less is more.

"Delia stole it from me" - sure she did...

"Two birds, one stone" - save time and money with a Christmas-Wedding cake

The "American Dream"...? - step away from the piping bag

Oops, now how did that get in here?!

"Neat Freak" - when they get michelin on your ass with rulers and weighing scales

Christmas cake pops! - enough said

"White Christmas"

"It's the recession - bung anything on the top" (which probably costs more than icing)

And finally, the pièce de résistance...

"Simple Swirl" - when cake tins come in handy as a clever cheat!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Blake's Back In The Kitchen

Domestic goddess: Blake Lively has made no secret about her love of baking Sweetie-pie: All proceeds from Blake's S'mores cupcakes for Sprinkles will go to Oxfam's famine relief fun for Somalia
Our favourite Gossip Girl, Blake Lively, just can't get enough of baking. We've already seen her pictured creating cake pops with none other than Bakerella's Angie Dudley and with Christmas just a week away, she's been back in the kitchen.  This week, Blake dug out her festive threads and paid a visit to New York's Sprinkles Bakery to bake some of her upcoming S'mores cupcakes.

The 'Green Lantern' actress, who has made it no secret about her love of baking, co-created the S'mores cupcake with the Sprinkles Bakery founder, Candace Nelson. They will be available in early January and all proceeds will go towards Oxfam’s Somalia famine disaster fund.

 Hot stuff: Blake raises the glamour stakes in the kitchen

Amanda Seyfried Goes French for 26th Birthday

Check out the Birthday cake presented to Hollywood starlet, Amanda Seyfried, earlier this week. The actress with in New York for the unveiling of Clé de Peau Beauté’s Spring 2012 Collection where she was given the huge cake. As a massive fan of Paris, thème française cake is not something I would turn my nose up at. However, that Eiffel Tower needs a little work. F&F - take note.

The birthday girl: Amanda poses with her extra big birthday cake

Many happy returns: Amanda seemed overwhelmed by her large birthday cake

Source: Daily Mail

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Delia Smith's Christmas Cake for 2011

YouTube is a godsend for everyone really, isn't it? Last year we posted Delia's step-by-step pictorial guide to icing your Christmas cake (see post here) and this year, she's embraced the digital age with a video how-to. hurrah!

So if you're stuck for decorating ideas this year, and you like the look of Delia's festive cake this year, check out her video below:

The snowflake cutter Delia Smith uses is by Tala (RRP £8) and available at Waitrose. Yes, I have purchased my very own set.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Santa's Brownies


I'm always one for novelty edibles (see: Our First Wedding Cake) so when I discovered these inventive treats on Daisy's World I decided to definitely give them a go in time for the festivities. I'm not going to lie - my Christmas schedule probably won't allow the time to bake the brownies myself and I may do a 'Loraine Pascale' and go 'shop-bought' (no, nothing to do with pure laziness AT ALL).

I may even opt for Marks & Spencer's marzipan strawberries as if they weren't festive enough! However, there are rumours flying about that M&S have discontinued their marzipan fruits range...

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