Here are the cakes I made for family this christmas.
For the two square ones I tried a different method for the lettering. I used royal icing but piped the letters out on parchment then when dry transferred them to the cake. I did a couple of sets which was good as i did break a few so was pleased to have some back ups.
I think I like doing the rectangle shaped cake for fruit cakes. This time I tried a piping the lettering directly on the cake using two layers white on the bottom and a wriggly red top layer. The poinsettia flowers were all piped royal icing.
This year I’ve baked gingerbread Christmas cookies. The designs celebrate New Zealand and UK Christmas’. While here in NZ we have summer and pohutukawa flowers, it’s snowing on family in the UK.
Pohutukawa is a New Zealand native tree that flowers in summer (usually starts just before Christmas) and is often called the Kiwi Christmas tree. The trees mostly grow coastally – many kiwis go to the beach for Christmas holidays, so seeing them in bloom makes it feel like Christmas.
I did my first ever workshop last month – teaching icing basics and making a Christmas cake topper. The workshop was organised through a local church women’s group. About 35 people attended – a great turn out. I was very nervous in front of so many but they were all really lovely.
Got some great feedback on the day, and everyone did really well – there were some great creations made, a lot of talent out there.
Besides the nerves (is hard demonstrating detail work when your hands are shaking) I really enjoyed it. If the demand is there I think I’ll do more of these. So would love to hear from you if you have a group that would like to do a workshop with me.