Cakes, Bakes, and Me

🎢 Rudolph the red nosed reindeer πŸŽΆ

Slightly later than planned, but here is Rudolph as promised. Christmas Eve and Christmas day were so busy that I didn’t have time to post before now 😊

Rudolph was made from two 3″ deep 6″ round Chocolate Madeira cakes, split into 4 layers in total, and filled with chocolate buttercream.

I used a mix of milk and dark chocolate ganache to crumb coat and final coat the cake, in a 2:1 cream/chocolate ratio, and gave it a combed effect finish.

How to make ganache

His eyes, ears and mouth/snout? are made from Renshaws fondant. His big red nose is a fondant covered styrofoam craft ball, and his antlers are solid chocolate 🍫 (I used a template which was free on Wilton to get the shape)

His ‘hair’ is a whipped ganache, piped on using a Wilton 2D tip. Sprinkles and Cake Decor gold lustre (I got mine at Tesco) add the the finishing touches 😍 I love him! And I love the pump spray lustre. I have it in silver too πŸ˜‹

We had a lovely Christmas day at my son and daughter in law’s. They really did us proud. I helped a little by taking dessert, as did Abi’s mum, and I iced Abi’s yummy Christmas Cake to give them time to prepare everything else.

We had a lovely traditional Christmas meal, and played games afterwards, one of which my son James had devised himself! (And which will be ‘stolen’ for future get togethers!)

I even got to see my daughter Katie who is in Switzerland with her partner Josh’s family, thanks to the magic of ‘facetime’ on my new iPhone (Christmas present from my hubby Glen)

Soooo much yummy food, lebkuchen, mince pies, strawberry trifle, millionaire’s shortbread dessert, cheeseboard, chocolates…….. and we never even got round to the Yule log and stollen!

I got home at 11pm, tired but happy. Watched the Dr Who Christmas Special, then slept like a log until 10am!

Having a quiet Boxing Day with my hubby to replenish my ‘spoons‘. Will probably watch some films and generally chill out ❀

I sincerely hope that you had a wonderful Christmas day with your family and/or friends, and wish you all a safe and healthy 2018

Debbie ❀

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