Ooh I LOVE Christmas. The smells, that gleeful feeling of anticipation, buying (and receiving) presents, the food, the promise of a white Christmas, the carols, the general sense that all is well with the world. How can anyone not love Christmas?!
Ok, maybe it’s because I was a Christmas baby, being born on the 22nd December (won’t mention the year!) What a nightmare that must have been for my poor mum, who already had two children - feverish with pre Santa excitement no doubt - to look after.
And ok, I admit, I don’t actually make the Christmas dinner so perhaps that’s why it’s more relaxing than for those slaving over a hot kitchen stove but that doesn’t mean I don’t do my fair share of work in the festive season!
The last three weeks and weekends, I have been busy baking up a Xmas storm for markets and christmas fetes as well as private orders but I have loved every minute
For my seasonal selection this year, I have been making fresh orange, vanilla and cranberry cupcakes with home made cranberry puree inside; sticky toffee apple, filled to bursting with grated apple, scented with cinnamon and then filled with toffee sauce, topped with a cream cheese and cinnamon frosting and crowned with a home made marzipan apple. Carrot with a touch of warming ginger and – new to the Jen’s Cupcakery repertoire - maple syrup and walnut cupcakes topped with a maple frosting added a sweet finishing touch.
My next post will include my recipe for my orange and cranberry cupcakes as well as the simplest shove in a pan and stir Xmas cake… though this really should have been made by now according to Xmas cake schedules….whoops!