Christmas Baking

Christmas is over.. but it did give me an excuse to bake more cakes and fatten up my family and friends. This year I baked a few things.

Gingerbread latte cake

This is a recipe by John Whaites. If you like gingerbread then you will love this cake. This is a five layer cake sandwiched with espresso buttercream, it’s also quite easy to make. Although the recipe only uses 2 teaspoons of ground ginger the taste is quite strong.

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Viennese whirl mince pies

Another recipe from John Whaites. The pastry is super buttery and crunchy, and the viennese whirl on top melts in your mouth. All you need is a jar of mincemeat and you’re ready to go! (or make your own) I will definitely make these again next year.

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Gingerbread cupcakes with salted caramel icing

I found this recipe from BBC food. The gingerbread theme continues because I like gingerbread!  Simple cupcakes flavoured with ground ginger and the buttercream contains home made caramel (super easy to make). I was quite generous with my piping and piped lots on top (sugar rush after eating it)

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Chocolate cupcakes

I used one of Hummingbird’s chocolate cupcakes and buttercream recipe. Then decorated these with some cute little edible Christmas decorations and chocolate sprinkles. Perfect little edible gifts for my friends.

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Rosette cake

There was a baking competition/bake sale at work so I made a two tone rosette cake. The base is a Victoria sponge with strawberry jam, it doesn’t take long to decorate and looks very pretty.

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Hummingbird cake

It was my dads birthday over Christmas so I made this hummingbird cake for him, he doesn’t have a sweet tooth so this cake was perfect. The recipe is from Hummingbird bakery and it contains bananas and pineapple which makes it super moist.

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