Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Christmas Cakes

Last week several girls got together to decorate Christmas Cakes.
Brid has done this before, but this time, I wanted her to make her cake from scratch.
Brid weighed her fruit and soaked it a few weeks ago.
The smell through house was beautiful.
We carefully wrapped it and placed it in a cool storing place.

So it came to buying any decorations, those carefully chosen, we were ready to join the other girls in the yearly Cake decorating.
Cakes were turned upside down, and there tops cut off to make flat.
Marzipan was placed in all the holes and crevices. A thin layer was placed on the cake, and then the rolling of the royal icing. We purchased this, but in the past I have made it from scratch.
Busy working
and piping
So a dusting of icing sugar on each each girls rolling area, and lots of effort rolling. Much concentration and instructing by both Mums and daughters.
Brid tried really hard to roll hers, but she has not has very much practice in the art of rolling pastry or icing, so it was difficult to instruct her with the distractions around us. I ended up helping her roll her icing and she placed this delicate rolled Royal icing on her Cake. This was a really stressful but Brid & I hugged each other and got on with the job, we were there for.
getting the piping ready, oh and having a coffee
From there it was completely up to her. A few tips of how to cut off the excess icing were given.
A break for a cuppa and a chat....pheww.....and then the piping icing was made and distributed into lockseal bags.
Girls assembled, Icing bags snipped and Piping and decorating began.
The finished products were just fantastic.
Brids finished cake

I think the thing I remember the most was the icing sugar over the table, the floor, our clothes and the smiles at the end of the session.
The smiles on the girls faces as they proudly presented there cakes on to the table to be photographed, was pretty special too.
All the girls and littlies with there cakes, so proud

Brids cake at home- its a present for Grandad

A selection of the cakes decorated

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