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Christmas-Cakes-Cover-570x749With the shops already getting full of Christmas decorations, now is the time to start thinking of Christmas cake designs, and to help you, we’ve complied a special magazine with what we think are our “Best Christmas Cakes” ever.

Hello, this is Cookery Editor, Sue, and this week I’m excited to be able to tell you all about our new Christmas cake “special” which goes on sale this week.  In it, there are 57 of our favourite Christmas cake designs, from very easy last minute decorating ideas, to more elaborate royal iced cakes.

royal iced snowflake cake

Looking at trends in cake decorating, royal icing is regaining popularity. Traditionally used for quick snow-scenes royal icing gained a reputation for setting rock hard, and having to chisel it off the cake. But if it’s made up properly, and any icing used for coating the cake has glycerine added to it then it will be soft enough to cut.  If you’re after a smooth finish with royal icing you do need to  plan ahead and allow sufficient time for the layers of icing to dry.

The arrival of the Kings

The arrival of the Kings

We’ve also plenty of “fun” designs that children will love, and ones that they can help you to decorate too.  If the designs are using sugarpaste, then it’s just like using modelling clay, so children usually enjoy having a go (and eating some at the same time).  The messiest part is colouring the icing, but now sugarpaste is available in a huge range of pre-mixed colours which saves all the hassle of doing it yourself.

Pleated Shimmer Cake

Pleated Shimmer Cake

And many of the designs don’t have to be just for Christmas. Above is our Pleated Shimmer Cake, which is one of our fairly easy designs as the cake is iced in sections, so you don’t have to handle the icing all in one large piece – and I adapted the design for a birthday cake for my mum – and this was the result:

Christmas design, adapted with sugar flowers for a birthday cake

Christmas design, adapted with sugar flowers for a birthday cake

So look out for this “Special” as it will only be on sale for about 3-4 weeks, or until it sells out.  It should be available from major magazine retailers, priced at £4.95.