Cakes, Bakes, and Me

Phew!

Since my last post on Sunday it’s been all go! On Monday evening the Panto Society were carol singing in Tesco Padiham to raise funds

And since then I’ve made over 2 kilos of fudge, then gift packaged it, decorated several Christmas cakes, made Christmas Cupcakes, and mince pies, with more to do tomorrow, and more carol singing in Sainsburys in the evening. After that of course it will be Christmas Eve! I do hope Santa has decided not to put me on the naughty list πŸ˜‹

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I couldn’t resist adding a few festive effects πŸ˜ƒ, but no pictures of the mince pies I’m afraid, I forgot to take any!

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀

 

Cakes, Bakes, and Me

Surprise Party Cake

Today, we had the kids Panto Christmas Party. Traditionally we do this after rehearsal on the same Sunday of Greenbrook Methodist Church’s carol service, which we then attend. The adult members provide the food by way of a ‘Jacob’s Join’, and I brought cake! Well no surprise there, you may think? And you’d be right of course. So it had to be a special cake. I’ve had my eye on this design for a while, but was going to do it for the end of show party originally (I’ll have to think of something else for that now πŸ˜ƒ) Below are a few pics of the cake in the making. It actually wasn’t that difficult, but very effective I hope you’ll agree.

The cakes were shaped by simply carving out a slight curve on all four sides. After covering, the quilting effect was achieved by simply scoring squares in the fondant, then pushing a star tool into each corner. Little edible silver balls were then dropped into the holes. Sequinned and silver ribbon was attached round the base of each cake to finish. Aladdin’s lamp was made out of fondant mixed with a little CMC powder. The base colour was a mix of mostly yellow with small amounts of red and brown. I used ‘Gold Rush’ powder by Sugarflair mixed with vodka to make a ‘paint’ and covered the whole thing once it had hardened. Once dry, I dry brushed more powder over it. For good measure, I sprayed the whole thing with with Dr Oetker shimmer spray, then added lilac and red edible sparkle dust to the tiers too! Well if you can’t have a bit of sparkle at Christmas, when can you?

Both rehearsal and party went fabulously, Santa came and gave out presents, ably assisted by an elf and a fairy (Our lot do like to dress up! Oh yes they do 😁) The carol service, along with a ‘limerick’ themed nativity definitely put me in a Christmassy mood, and then we entertained the congregation while they were enjoying a post service mince pie by singing a few numbers from the show. All in all, a very enjoyable day.

If you would like to come and see the show in January, please follow the link below to our fb page for details, but be quick as tickets are selling fast

Aladdin

Till next time

Stay safe and healthy Debbie β€πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ’’

 

 

Cakes, Bakes, and Me

Christmas Cakes

Earlier this year I posted some pictures of Christmas Cake designs I wanted to try. Despite my best efforts, most of my requests have been for more traditionally decorated cakes, but I have been experimenting a bit, as you can see below.

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I’ve also tried out a new mincemeat recipe, adding flavours like orange and cranberry and soaking the fruits in orange liqueur instead of brandy. It smells heavenly, but I’m leaving it for another week to further develop the flavour…it may have to be labeled with a ‘do not drive’ warning!

Been busy today, as I’ve also premade my favourite stuffing which I’ll freeze till Christmas Eve. I love this recipe so much I could eat it on its own. If, like me, you are not fond of sage, I highly recommend you try this. You will need:

2oz butter

I large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic crushed (or 2 tsp ‘lazy garlic’)

Small bunch chopped parsley

Sprig of rosemary, stripped

Sprig of thyme, stripped

Large Bramley apple, cored and diced

6oz breadcrumbs

4oz dried or fresh cranberries

4oz vacuum packed chestnuts, chopped

1lb pork and leek sausages, skinned (or any good quality sausages)

Method:

In a pan, melt the butter and gently fry onions, garlic and herbs for about 10 minutes. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and place in a large bowl, leaving juices in the pan. Add apples, cranberries, chestnuts and breadcrumbs to the bowl and mix thoroughly.

Take the sausagemeat and fry in the pan in small walnut size balls until golden and cooked through. Add to the bowl along with juices and leave to cool slightly. Now for the fun part! Get your (clean) hands in there and squish! Once the mixture is thoroughly combined, you can either use immediately to stuff your bird, cook separately in a buttered oven proof dish for 40 mins or so at 180Β°C (covered for first 20 mins), or like me, you can make ahead and freeze until you want to use it.

Enjoy!

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie ❀

Cakes, Bakes, and Me

Christmas Fair!

Great day today at Greenbrook Methodist Church Christmas Fair πŸŽ„Following a prayer from minister Richard, Panto opened up with the children singing ‘Away in a Manger’, followed by ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas’ by yours truly, then ‘Jingle Bells’ ‘We wish you a merry Christmas’ and ‘Reach’, one of the numbers from our production of ‘Aladdin’. It was a really lovely festive atmosphere and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Tickets for Panto were on sale, and the ‘Aladdin’ photo booth was busy all day, with everyone embracing the silly props and costumes. The photos have now been uploaded to the ‘Greenbrook Pantomime Society presents ‘Aladdin’ Facebook page, where you can like and share with friends, and maybe win some panto tickets! There were lots of different stalls selling everything from upcycled tree reindeer to snowmen made from socks! Β β›„ And of course Santa was there too πŸŽ…

All the stalls made donations to Church, so I hope they all did well! The Panto ticket booth did well too. A few pics of my ‘offerings’ are below.

 

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I hope your Christmas preparations are going well

Stay safe and healthy

Debbie β€πŸ’’