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Top Ten Christmas Cakes

Posted November 21, 2016 by Squires Kitchen Shop


It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and, when it comes to cake design, this is one of our favourite times of year. This is our pick of the best cake tutorials for winter celebrations from the latest issue of Cakes & Sugarcraft.
1. Festive friends
Festive Friends Wafer Paper Embellished Christmas Cake

Use colourful printed wafer paper to decorate your Christmas cake in minutes like this issue’s front cover star designed by cake artist Natasha Collins.

2. Christmas stockings
Christmas Stockings Cookies

And it’s not just for cakes – give gingerbread biscuits a quick and easy decoration by attaching wafer paper to sugarpaste with a little edible glue. Natasha’s top tip? Lay the biscuit face-down until the paper is firmly fixed in place.

3. Scandi showstopper
Scandi Showstopper Cake Design

Combine a minimalist colour palette with a distressed wooden panelled effect to create Zoe Burmester’s elegant celebration cake with a Scandinavian feel. Complete with a painted stag and antlers modelled from Cocoform.

4. Winter reds
Stunning Winter Reds Red Ranunculuses and Christmas Roses Cake

Make an elegant selection of seasonal sugar flowers including red ranunculuses and crimson Christmas roses. Elena Wilkinson is a previous winner of the prestigious cake decorating and sugarcraft competition at Squires Kitchen’s annual exhibition.

5. Beautiful baubles
Beautiful Baubles Christmas Biscuit Designs

Beautiful Biscuits author Tessa Whitehouse reveals her surprisingly simple technique for making intricate-looking bauble biscuits. Create the intricate pattern using Flexi-Ice and fill in the gaps with piping sparkles for a fun and festive design.

6. Alternative Christmas cakes
Alternative Christmas Cake Design by Mark Tilling

When it’s cold outside, what better way to keep warm than doing a bit of baking? Expert pastry chef Mark Tilling continues his Ultimate Baking series with a recipe for dense ginger cake filled with Swiss meringue buttercream and salted caramel sauce.

7. Ski slope
Ski Slope Cake Design by Sherry Hostler

Use easy and effective layers of coloured to create a snowy mountain scene. Sherry Hostler has created handy templates, making it super easy for you to create your very own sugarpaste ski chalet..

8. Painted gingerbread
Painted Christmas Gingerbread Techniques

Emily Hankins is a master of painting with cocoa butter and dust food colours, and this festive design is no exception. Paint this gingerbread house and biscuits in icy blue tones for a stunning centrepiece.

9. Deliciously free-from
Free From Christmas Cake Designs

Black Forest is a classic combination of flavours and this gluten- and dairy-free version tastes divine. Cherries and almonds complement each other perfectly so the cake tastes great with a covering of marzipan. Finished with contemporary ganache drips and marzipan cherries, this is a pretty and achievable recipe by baking tutor Marianne Stewart.

10. Airbrushed artwork
Christmas Airbrushed Cake Design

This colourful cake is sure to make any New Year’s Eve party go off with a bang! It’s also a great project for practising a variety of sugarcraft skills: airbrush the night sky before painting colourful bursts of fireworks over the top.

Keep reading

You’ll find these step-by-step tutorials and many more from top cake designers in the December/January 2016–17 issue of Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine, out now. It’s packed with the latest trends and original, easy-to-follow tutorials that you won’t find anywhere else.

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