Storm Barbara has well and truly arrived. The wind is whipping round the house, the rain is tipping down on the roof, the garden birds are scattered and hiding, and we are sitting in a cosy conservatory with hot coffee and cake. But not just any old cake.
This is my last cake of the year and one of my favourites. If you know my cakes, you’ll know that I love colour and the whole process of colour blending shades and tones. But I’ve been especially inspired this year with the colour white. Some would say it’s a non-colour, bland and characterless, but I beg to disagree.
There’s a cleanness and purity about white, and particularly white on white, that you can’t get with any other colour scheme.
This is my family cake. My family live near Belfast in Northern Ireland, so we are limited to only a few get-togethers a year – with lots of FaceTime, Skype and What’s App in between.
So after all the cakes I make for other people during the year, I only get to make one for my own family which is a bit sad and I wish things were different, but I really love to chance to make something beautiful for us all to enjoy over the holidays.
I combined a swathe of hand moulded sugar flowers with a line from one of our favourite Christmas carols, and I think the results are rather good. And while you’re here, have a listen to this rendition of O Holy Night by Pentatonix – it’s awesome.
The flowers were studded with silver and white balls for centres with holly and ivy leaves in marbled shades of green.
White reindeer are skipping through white embossed trees, and a single red robin bobbing happily among the leaves and flowers.
I would love to make a stacked version of this cake for a wedding. It would make the most glorious centrepiece for an elegant white wedding.
Quite by accident it turned out rather large for a family cake. In an effort to create some height for this design, I baked 2 10″ cakes in 9″ tins.
This is likely to be my last cake blog of the year, and I’m so pleased it can be about a cake that I’m really proud of – and I actually get to taste myself. It’s not often I get to see the cake cut, never mind enjoy a slice too!
So while we’re tucked up in a cosy corner of the Emerald Isle, we wish you a very happy Christmas enjoying good food, fellowship, and a chance to put your feet up.
Merry Christmas one and all
I’m Judith. I’ve been caking since 2012. I also love to write, photograph, travel, drink coffee and read books. This is my cake blog where you’ll find recipes, and baking tips and all my latest cake projects.
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