Due to tricky circumstances in various ways we are having some different kinds of Christmas Day's in our family and then having what my family are now calling ChrisBox on Boxing Day - that is what the day after Christmas Day is called in England. The other cake went to be part of ChrisBox. Although none of our Christmas Days in our family are going to be what we had planned for the good thing about ChrisBox is that we can prolong the celebrations.
Anyway, two dinners, two present openings, two different days, but our home cake still needed to be decorated. So yesterday I set about it. That is to say I set about the job in hand, not that I set about hitting the cake with a baseball bat! I had marzipanned the cake last week and left it to dry a little before the icing was applied. I had no idea what design I was going to go for with the decorating though. I also could have done without the doorbell ringing halfway through the several hours it took to finish. I could see the postman was at the door, not some double glazing saleschild so I had to answer it. That just added to the trickiness of it.
So, here we have it. Christmas Cake!
I used fondant icing which I covered the whole cake with. Then I applied several snowflakes in different sizes, cut out using cookie cutters and stuck on with dabs of vodka - it acts as a glue and then evaporates.
After a fruitless search through my cake making boxes for some suitable decorations I remembered the tin with the birthday candles in and thought there might be something in there. Finding two snowmen and three trees has never been so thrilling! (I didn't make the snowmen, they were bought some years ago!) It seemed sensible to go with a snow theme. White icing, snowflakes, snowmen. You know how it is! The snowballs cover up the blemishes, especially the multitude around the base. I have no idea how, despite my very best efforts, the base of the cake where it meets the board could look so much like something had chewed it, but it did! The snowballs that took an age to make covered it all up though very nicely!
The expert cake decorators among you will spot the errors a mile off I am sure, but for us it looks pretty good and considering that I had no plans and was inspired by the contents of a box of candles it isn't too shabby is it!! The cake will taste good - please let it taste good! - and that is the important bit. If you want to see a wonderful cake, go and take a look at Gina's!
Well, that is me for now. I have quick Happy Christmas message planned for tomorrow and my Five on Friday post will appear on ChrisBox - remember, the day after Christmas, otherwise known as Boxing Day! - and then that is me done for the year. I have been and will be reading posts, but probably not commenting again until January, but I will be there!
It has been great blogging along with you all this year and I look forward to more of the same in 2015. Thank you all so much for your visits, kind messages, support and comments. I hope that you know that you are so greatly appreciated, but just in case you didn't pick up on that, you are, appreciated that is!! You know I love blogging and I love Christmas and I love you all too!
Happy Christmas and best wishes for a wonderful New Year to you all!!
I hope that whatever Christmas Day brings for you it will be good and that you will have an enjoyable and relaxing day and that 2015 will be a great year for you!