Christmas Cakes and Gingerbread

A couple of weeks ago I went on a WI ‘Christmas Dabble Day’, they’re like a craft taster day, there’s usually a choice of three or four crafts and you choose two to do in the morning and one in the afternoon, I decided to do beaded decorations and a Christmas Cake sugarcraft topper.

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The beaded decorations are really pretty and pretty easy to make; like a lot of beading, it’s a counting game. I managed to make two during the morning session. They are set using an old fashioned floor polish which apparently isn’t available anymore, it dries like a thin, clear varnish. I’ve hung them on my white and gold tree in the conservatory. This is a contorted hazel I have in a pot in the garden for the rest of the year. I put white lights on it and lots of glass, silver and gold decorations, it looks really pretty, it’s an idea I got from visiting Chatsworth House last year at Christmas.

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After lunch it was time to make the Christmas cake topper. It’s made from sugarpaste with a little bit of powder added to make it more like modelling paste, it’s a bit more pliable.We made a Santa sitting on a snowball, I love all the detail on him, like his buckle and his face. We put spaghetti up inside to give him a bit of strength, so his arms, legs and head hopefully won’t fall off! I had traveled to Alma House in Ripon on the bus (two bus trips away to be precise!) and I realized fairly early on that there was no way I was going to get Santa home in one piece on the bus. I decided to leave him to dry and organised for someone to bring him to the next WI event. He was still in need of a bit of TLC when I got him home, but at least he was rescue-able. I iced him a new beard, a pompom for his hat and secured his head at the same time.

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Yesterday I made a big batch of royal icing so I could make the gingerbread houses and ice my Christmas cake. The cake is a bit bigger than what I usually make, it’s actually a leftover from the celebration cakes I made for friends in the summer. I just wasn’t happy with this one and having marzipanned it, I made a second one and this one was saved for Christmas. I did a pretty quick royal icing, just one coat, I smoothed the sides as best I could and then spiked the top so it curled over the sides a bit. A wide red ribbon covered any imperfections on the sides. Santa sat in the middle looking pretty relaxed!

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Gingerbread houses have become a bit of a tradition in our house. I started with the Ikea flatpacked ones when the kids were little, I used to make about 15 each year and sell them at work, it helped pay for Christmas. These days I just usually make one for us and I’ve moved on to the kits from Morrisons as the gingerbread tastes so much nicer. As Helen has just started at uni I offered to make one for her to take down. She wanted a sweetie one, so it has Smarties, jelly babies and cake decorations on it. I like the plain white icing effect so that’s what we’ve got for home. They make the room smell lovely, that cosy gingerbread scent!

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About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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11 Responses to Christmas Cakes and Gingerbread

  1. kathyreeves says:

    They are beautiful! Is your Christmas cake a specific type of cake? We did a little ginger reading when the girls were small, but they like decorating cookies more so it’s been years…that might be a fun project for this year!

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  2. Wendy says:

    sounds like a really fun day! The Santa is fantastic, well done! I made a gingerbread house last year, can’t say my icing was very good but it went down well!

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  3. Kate says:

    You’ve been busy and you’re so talented!! My gingerbread house is made from plastic canvas – stores very well year to year. πŸ™‚

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  4. kelleysdiy says:

    Beautiful, Stunning…love!

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  5. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Such delicate and lovely decorations -how talented you are! And industrious!
    (Is there a special Yorkshire gene there? πŸ˜‰) xx

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  6. Wow – love your gingerbread houses!! So pretty. The beaded decoration’s lovely too. How nice to be able to try out different crafts for the day! πŸ™‚

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