So, with almost the whole day off work (just 2 piano lessons on a Monday evening in November) I got to work!
I don't start things simply. That sometimes backfires on me - I get mad when it goes wrong but I also am determined to do the best I can with everything so... 4 cakes. That was where I would start with my first experiment of Christmas Cakes. (That would be a whole lot of wasted ingredients if I failed, eek!)
Here's some of that fun Monday in November baking baking baking day in photos:
|Our kitchen (looking oddly tidy!) ready to go|
|Making a start using the fruit that|
had been soaking for a few days.
|Yey glass bowl!|
|Ingredients all out before I started.|
|First batch of mixture in! 1 large, 1 small.|
|2 batches later 4 cakes were born!|
For the weeks afterwards my cakes were stored in a combination of tins and cake boxes getting the occasional feeding of sherry!
Christmas was happening in Canada this year... for the first-time ever away from home for Christmas :'-( but it did mean I had lots of pre-Christmas time to get everything ready without worrying about packing to leave.
So December pre-Christmas was here and it was marzipan and icing time.
Then of course I needed some ideas for the decoration. My favourite part! The worst thing is trying to think of them... I need to KNOW what I'll be doing but the more I force it the longer it takes to think. So just taking a second to pause meant that the ideas flowed and I was ready to begin. I had found COOL 3-D cookie cutters at St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto and thought they might be just the thing. As well as some bonus fondant icing for some chubby little snowmen!
|Snowmen and 3-D cookies decorated|
with writing icing and silver balls!
|I love snowmen!|