How to make a Christmas tree out of icing

Step 1

Small ball of green icing

Take a ball of green coloured icing.

If you haven’t got green you can easily colour some plain white icing using gel colouring.

Don’t use the liquid kind as it will turn your icing to mush.

Step 2

Step 2

Roll the ball of icing in to a cone shape as pictured above.

Step 3

Start cutting with scissors

Take a pair of scissors and start cutting at the icing.  I start at the top and work my way down.

Keep snipping away at the icing until you have created a pine tree effect.

Step 4

Get creative

This is were you can get a little creative.  Take a small amount of yellow icing and mold a small star shape.  Leave it to harden for a couple of minutes to harden.  Then, using either water or edible glue, attach it to the top of your tree.

Next get add some decorations using silver or gold balls.  If you haven’t got any edible glue, you might have to melt some of the green icing buy adding a small drop of boiling water (or blast it in the micro for a few seconds) to stick the balls on.

Now all that is left is to add the Christmas tree to your cake and your done!

Christmas baking

I’ve been soaking what looks like a tonne of sultanas, raisins, glace cherries and peel in brandy for the past week or two before adding them to the cake mixture made up of brown sugar, butter, flour, black treacle, eggs, mixed spice, ground almonds and a bit of salt (for the family cake I’ve included some dates and walnuts).  The results – after 4 hours of baking – is a wonderfully moist, rich and light fruit cake.

For the next few weeks, I’ll be feeding them yet more brandy before decorating in marzipan, rolled icing some handmade decorations.

There’s nothing like Christmas!!!

 

 

Building sandcastles out of cake

Sandcastle cake

I loved making this cake for a little girl who was celebrating her 1st birthday.

The cake is made from strawberry sponge with vanilla frosting and decorated with handmade shells and bunting. A spray (or 2) of perl luster made the cake sparkle.

I am really pleased with this cake and especially the strawberry sponge. I did a test run to see how using real strawberries would work and I have to say it tasted great. The vivid pink of the cake batter did fade a bit during cooking, but all in all I was happy and most importantly so was the birthday girl!

Cone Cupcakes

I did my 3rd craft fair at the weekend.

Once again I shared a stall with the wonderful CosyKitten.

This time I thought I’d do something a little bit different so I did cone cupcakes

 

Turns out they are really easy to do and they went down a storm. Going to be doing these again!

Smithills School Caft Fair

I did my first craft fair on Saturday (10 Feb) with a good friend who sells the most amazing handmade – well everything, from scarfs and bags, cushions to hair clips –  Take a look at her website, Cosykitten.co.uk.

For my first go I didn’t do too badly, selling over 60% of my stock.

There will be lots more craft and wedding fairs coming up over the next few months, but for now I am having a well earned rest, putiting my feet up with a nice cup of tea and a cupcake!

I hope you to see you at Spring into Craft, Preshwich, Manchester on 4 March.

Baking for charity

 Recently I was asked to create a cake for a charity raffle, raising funds for Liverpool Signing Choir.

 

I create a 7 inch very boozy fruit and spices chocolate cake decorate with a figure, snowman a lot of glittery snowflakes…

Together with many other wonderful prizes the event raised £280 for the choir which was enough to send one its members on an official British Sign Language course and gain a level one qualification.