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!)
There were Christmas puddings….