how did Justin Bieber end up atop my Christmas Cake?

Before we start strange blog topic I know.

It is now January 4th and hopefully everyone is well rested, stuffed to the brim with sweet goodies and ready to kick their New Year’s Resolutions into 2012 with a bang! A couple of weeks ago I posted a sneak peak of the choir boys that would sit atop my Christmas cake this year and without knowing it (and completly oblivious to it until my 15yr old sister pointed it out!) I had created the pint sized pop star Justin Bieber out of sugar….not sure realistically how I feel about this but I still think they are all super cute!

So below are the final pictures of my Christmas Cake for 2011 I hope you enjoy and it gives you something to think about when you attempt a Christmas Cake in 2012!

 

Happy New Year to all the readers of this blog – I hope 2012 brings much love, happiness and cakey goodness into your lives!

Claire x

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Nature’s Candy

 

I like to try adding new and interesting things to my baking and I have always loved the sweet crunch and ‘pop’ of pomegranate seeds.  Their glossy jewel like appearance makes them so easy to admire with a certain rich charm you can’t quite place.  I decided to create a vanilla and pomegranate cupcake mixing the brightly coloured seeds into both the sponge and lavishly sprinkling them over the buttercream.  Finally I added a little bit of sparkle and here are the results…

Twit Twoo…

So I start this blog post with how do you go about making a birthday cake for someone who is an incredibly talented crafter, crazy about owls and one of your best friends? Answers on a postcard please, but first here was my solution, Hope you enjoy…

It was obvious immediately that the theme of the cake had to include owls…I started to look at making sugar owls and started out with these little guy’s…

Grumpy Owls

Now yes they look like owls, but can you hand on heart say they look like owls who wan’t to ‘hoot’ you a Happy Birthday whilst sitting proudly atop a cake? quite simply it was a no. The owls had to be much, much cuter.

The cake was a simple Victoria Sponge jazzed up with a little gel food colouring and layered into 8″ cake tins to create a rainbow effect when sliced into.  I used pink, purple and green to match the theme of the overall finished cake.

Twit Twoo - finished and ready!

A Wilton number 233 was used to create the grass effect surrounding the owls

When using your Wilton nozzle number 233 to create grass I offer the following tips (whether you use them is entirely up to you!)

1. When colouring your icing I choose a gel based colour (there are several different brands but the choice is yours!) These colours are very concentrated so you only need a tiny amount – start with the tip of a cocktail stick and then if you think you need it add more.  It is much easier to add depth of colour than to take it away!

2. Only half fill your piping bag so that you have better control and grip

3. Pipe the grass using a ‘lift and pull’ technique – do not squeeze too much buttercream or push down on the cake as this will not give you the desired affect and will instead result in ‘blobs’ of icing instead of grass.

And finally the rainbow effect I just know you all want to see…

Rainbow cake is revealed

yum...

And the most important thing in all of this? did the birthday girl love it? sure did – Yippee! If you would like to check out my aformentioned incredibly talented friend Victoria Thyer you can do so at www.fab-brick.co.uk