Thursday, 1 December 2011
Christmas Cupcakes and Cookies
It is December the first today, officially 24 sleeps until Santa and I am pretty excited. I am a big fan of all things Christmas and some of my best childhood memories are all wrapped up in Christmas. This year is going to be slightly different as it is our first one without Mum but I am determined to make it a good one and carry on all the traditions. Most of our family traditions involve watching muppet themed Christmas movies and drinking copious amounts of wine, so it shouldn't be too hard to carry on those traditions!
I am also keen to start a few traditions of my own, it should come as no surprise that most of the ideas I have come up with so far have been baking related; gingerbread houses, homemade biscuits as gifts, cherry bakewells instead of mince pies etc...
So when I saw that Craft North East were running some Christmas themed cupcake and cookie workshops I jumped at the chance to improve my skills in a Christmassy fashion....
In the two hour session we made 4 Christmas cupcakes and 3 Christmas cookies and had a blast doing it! So I thought I would show off my handy work, and hopefully give you some inspiration on what to make this Christmas.
We started with a surprisingly easy snowman. The cupcake is coated with a thin layer of butter cream then white fondant. The snowman is actually just a marshmallow, with a red licorice whip scarf, silver dragees buttons, a fondant nose and simple writing icing for eyes and mouth! So simple, yet so cute!
We also did a simple butter cream swirl decorated with mini candy canes and holly, and a green butter cream Christmas tree, complete with decorations and a sparkly star on top.
Next came the cookies, and I had great fun decorating these. I think they look great. I particularly loved the round one with the snowflake, it reminds me of a Christmas jumper. I am envisaging a lot of homemade cookies as gifts this year!
Once again, if you live in or around the north east please do check out Craft North East, they run a variety of courses from cakes and knitting to photography and chocolate tasting!
So, what are some of your Christmas traditions; baking-related or otherwise?