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Christmas Cakes for 2012

Merry Christmas! So Christmas for 2012 has been and gone and what a busy time it was! I took on four Christmas Cakes this year which is quite a few for me considering I also work full time. They all got completed on time without too much craziness!

Three of the four cakes were for my sister’s family. She was after a fruit, mud and a red velvet cake for Chrissy.  Being my sister, she let me have free range on design.  I went with a Christmas pudding for the fruit cake, a reindeer design that I had seen one of my other cake decorating friends do on cupcakes and thought it was so cute so I thought would look lovely on a bigger cake too. Thanks Aida Goodwin’s Cakebox! The last cake for this lot was a red velvet Christmas Tree.

We had a slight disaster with the Christmas tree making it to its destination. It was an extremely hot day and during transit got a little squished on the top :( I’ve been told that the taste was still great and that was the main thing.  My first disaster and although I’m unhappy that it had Ito happen, I am glad it was my sister it happened to.

My last Christmas cake for 2012 was a fruit cake for one of my regular customers.  She buys her Christmas cake from me every year.  This year I went a little fun with her cake, giving her a Santa cake.  She seemed quite happy with this and has already placed her order for next year along with a few birthdays in the mean time, gotta love a happy customer :)

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas filled with plenty of love, joy and laughter!


Mother’s Day 2012

For Mother’s Day this year I decided to make my beautiful mum a bouquet of cake pops.  I tried a couple of new ones that I not tried as cake pops before but love in a cup cake, red velvet and cream cheese and coffee!

I covered the red velvet and cream cheese ones with white chocolate and the coffee ones with dark chocolate.  What combinations, both delish!

I wanted to try something a little different with these ones and piped pink chocolate on them.  I quite liked the result.  Even had enough to give a bunch to my sister and two very deserving friends! Sharing the love on Mother’s Day!

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I’ve been quite fascinated by these so called “Red Velvet” Cakes that are all the rage in the states.  So I started investigating, what is so great about this cake???

“A red velvet cake is a popular cake with a dark red, bright red or red-brown colour. It is usually prepared as a layer cake topped with a creamy vanilla icing or most popularly, cream cheese icing. The reddish-brown color of the cake was originally from a reaction of the cocoa powder with an acidic ingredient such as buttermilk; however, red food coloring is often added.” Reference from Wikipedia.

OK, so I ask a few people I know had they tried it.  The response being that everyone had heard of it but never tasted it.  Right, I at this point decided that we would wonder no more and test this baby out.  Cream cheese frosting, well an absolute favourite with my sweet tooth!

Let’s get to it, red cases just had to be used for red velvet cake right! This was my feeling anyway, a perfect match.  I prepared the cake mixture and placed 12 cupcakes in the oven.  I was a little intreged with what red velvet would taste like, using both vanilla extract and a little cocoa. Whilst I waited anxiously for these little beauties to cook, I watched with amazement at the stunning red colour of these cakes.  They looked fabulous!

Whilst the cakes cooled, I prepared, what in my eyes, is the yummiest frosting out, Cream Cheese!!! I piped the frosting on and decorated with some little red hearts. (I’m starting to sound American now, saying frosting all the time ;) ) After cleaning up and taking a few shots of these little babies, I just had to taste test…….YUMMO!! What a gorgeous cake, so light and fluffy then topped with that yummy icing.  It was just devine!  I took a couple around to a few of my taste testers and took one into work for my assistant to try.  Unfortunately one of my usual taste testers missed out as they were just too good.  I’ll have to make you some more Donna!!

My personal review of Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting = Delicious, will definately be adding this to my list of available flavours!