T'was the Cake before Christmas
It’s almost everyone’s favourite time of year again.
With Halloween over, there is nothing standing in the way of Santa Claus and his happy little elves spreading joy, merry and mirth across London.
Are you stuck for gift ideas this year?
Perhaps you’ve got that one friend who always says ‘I don’t know’ when you ask what they would like.
Or maybe you just want to do things a bit differently this year and gift something from outside of the box?
Whilst everyone else is squabbling over presents, take the load off by letting us do the hard work for you, we have put together a bespoke menu with a few Christmas miracles of our own!
Browse through our top 5 Christmas Cakes.
The perfect companion for Christmas, Rudolph the red nosed reindeer chocolate covered cake.
This cake comes in a variety of flavours, all topped with chocolate buttercream and adorable reindeer accessories.
Swiss meringue chocolate buttercream swirl, topped with a Rudolph design.
We've used pretzels for the antlers! Clever, right?
To paraphrase 2unlimited "no no, no no there're no raisins."
We realised that the traditional Christmas cake isn’t to everyone’s taste. Whilst this cake may look every bit the traditional Christmas cake it comes in a range of our delicious flavours with not a raisin in sight.
Fancy giving it a go yourself?
If the schools have finished for the Christmas holidays and you want to drag the kids away from their phones then check out MY BAKER’s Christmas shortbread recipe. Put the wrapping paper and the tinsel down and bring the whole family together for a Christmas bake-off in five easy steps...
Recipe courtesy of our friends over at House and Garden.
- 250g (8oz) room temperature unsalted butter
- 125g (4oz) caster sugar
- 240g (7 ½ oz) plain flour
- Raisins/ chocolate chips optional
Things you’re going to need:
- 2 x baking trays
- Baking paper
- Christmas cutters - we recommend Christmas trees, Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer cutters.
- Biscuit decorating kit - icing pens, sprinkle mix
- Enthusiastic participants
- Firstly, heat your oven to 150°C or gas mark 2
- Take 2 oven trays and line them with baking paper. Then beat the butter in a bowl until it’s nice, soft and smooth.
- Add your plain flour and the caster sugar and work them with a spoon until fully blended. Throw in some raisins or chocolate chips if you’re feeling a bit funky. Knead the dough on a floured area to form a nice firm dough. Allow your masterpiece to chill out for about 20 minutes. This is the perfect time for everyone to choose their Christmas cutters!
- Split the dough in two and roll each out in between 2 sheets of baking paper aiming for about ¼ inch thickness.
- Cut the dough into an assortment of wintery and wonderful shapes then place them on an oven tray and bake for about 15-20 minutes. They should be pale and dry when they are ready to come out!
Now for the fun part! After your shortbread has cooled down, gather around the table and get those creative Christmas hats on!
Decorate your Christmas shortbread any way you like and then store them in an airtight tub for up to one week.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to leave some out for Santa!
And, if Santa eats too much, you can always give us a call and discuss your perfect Christmas cake. Get in touch, we love to talk cake.