Christmas related baking started in a simple enough fashion. I played with some recipes, piped a few swirls, scattered some gold pearls, thusly:
Here we have moist spiced orange sponge, studded with juicy cranberries, topped with orange & cinnamon buttercream. Demonstrating two piping styles – one finished with orange zest, the other with gold pearls. When I came up with these beauties I thought I’d captured Christmas in a cupcake. But I was wrong.
What really captured Christmas in a cupcake was the ‘mince pie’ cupcakes I came up with next. I used a spiced vanilla sponge packed with dried fruits and orange peel. Then, when they were still warm from the oven, I drizzled them with a fresh lemon soak. Finally, I topped them with vanilla buttercream and decorated with fondant.
With demands for more flooding in from family and friends I got on a roll (ha!) with my fondant designs, and things kinda snowballed (haha!)
I made worried looking Santas, and some more relaxed ones.
There were perky penguins and startled reindeer.
There were snowmen, resplendent in an array of stripy bobble hats.
There were Christmas puddings….
…and then there were choirboys with mouths that made them disturbingly reminiscent of blow up sex dolls. I stopped with the cupcakes after that.