Every Christmas I go into a baking frenzy. I always try to make pies, cakes, cookies and an assortment of candies, but this year has been different. I am just not feeling the Christmas spirit right now so I am way behind and have no motivation. We even just got our tree up this past week and had it not been for my grandchildren, I probably would have just skipped it. But, among the blah days, I have had moments of baking inspiration and popped out some delicacies this past week and weekend.
First I made a winter snowflake cake for our office Christmas luncheon. It was a 3 layer white almond cake with a raspberry buttercream frosting. This particular flavor is requested often in my family so I make this recipe a lot.
Then I wanted to try out a new recipe that I planned on using for my coworkers gifts, so I created a Mr. & Mrs. Snowman cake for the grandbabies as a test taste trial. (Say that fast three times.) I made the snow people out of gumpaste and fondant. The snowballs were mini marshmallows.
The test recipe was a hit so I then made cupcakes to give as gifts to my coworkers. They are a dark chocolate cake dipped in a chocolate peppermint ganache and topped with a peppermint buttercream frosting. I added a Hershey's Candy Cane Kiss for decoration.
I found a neat way to package them on Pinterest. You can see the post here.
All in all, it was a very productive weekend, but I think my burst of creativeness is over for the season. Maybe the new year will be an inspiring one.