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it’s christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! As 2012 draws to close and I put down my oven gloves for a few days off (from baking at least, I still have lots of things to do before 2013 arrives), I thought I would give a little run down of some of the festive things I’ve been up to.

Firstly, it was gingerbread craziness at Cakes by Beth HQ, with lots of different designs of cookies supplied to the Norden Arms Deli in Rochdale (if you’re on Facebook, you can read about them on their page). I created fun character cookies for the kids, with hand-painted Santas and snowmen, and Victorian-style Christmas puds.

Gingerbread santa facesSnowman gingerbread cookiesChristmas pud cookiesI also created a giant gingerbread house, decorated all in white, which took pride of place in the window display. Here are a few of the details, including the snowman, Christmas tree, hand painted winter vines and hints of pearlescent shimmer.

Giant gingerbread house Snowman house detailChristmas tree gingerbread house detail Ginherbread house detail

Also available were these vanilla gingerbread tree decorations, all gift boxed and ready to give as gifts. I created gold and silver versions to hopefully tie in with every colour scheme.

Gift boxed christmas baublesBack to cute and these cake pops flew out of the shop! Vanilla and white chocolate polar bears, or double chocolate Christmas puddings.

Polar bear & pudding cake popsThis next cake doesn’t look like a typical Christmas cake, but it was a corporate thank you gift that I had the pleasure of creating for a lovely couple. The company, Villas of Croatia, phoned me all the way from…yep, Croatia (!!), to order this cake. They wanted the Christmas gift to be corporate but luxury and with something a little different about the flavour so I baked a spicy carrot cake with orange curd and orange and cinnamon buttercream, covered in dark chocolate ganache. I shaped the cake into a five petal flower to match the shape of the logo and hand cut the individual elements of the interlocking circles in all the different shades of brown. I was very pleased with the results!

Villas of Croatia 04 Villas of Croatia logo

Still corporate but a little more festive, here are some chocolate chip, salted caramel and ginger cookies that I created for Moo. I used their green logo as I felt this was most in keeping with the theme, but then Christmased it up with some holly.

Moo-rry Christmas corporate cookiesAnd finally, something that I was a part of a while ago but has just been published in Pure Weddings magazine now, this stunning Winter Wonderland tablescape for a photoshoot with Alex Davies Photography at Styal Lodge. There are so many beautiful details and so many fantastic suppliers involved with this shoot, I will be showcasing them all in a full blog post shortly. For now though, here is one of my favourite images of my Frosty winter wedding cake.

Pure Weddings Winter Wonderland frosty wedding cakeI hope you enjoyed my festive run down and that you are well and truly in the Christmas spirit. Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year and I shall see you in 2013!

Beth x

07/01/2013 - 9:21 am

Beck Willis - Absolutely love the the Fr Xmas biscuits and the cake pops look delish!

08/01/2013 - 8:38 am

cakesbybeth - Thank you very much! The Santa cookies were definitely the most popular, along with the cute cake pops 🙂 xx