Friday, 23 December 2011

Christmas Cake

Christmas cake is great, and even better when I don't have to make it myself! My mum had made Jamie Oliver's Christmas cake, and since I'm home for Christmas, wanted me to help her ice and decorate it.
It was incredibly easy to do:
  • Warm up 2 tbsp apricot jam and sieve. Brush the cake with it on the top and along the sides
  • Cover with marzipan and moisten slightly with a little water brushed on using your fingertips
  • Cover with fondant
  • Add decorations
It was made even easier by the fact that my mum had bought ready-rolled marzipan and icing, so all we had to do was place it on and cut to shape.
Now I just have to wait until Christmas day so I can try it!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Origami Christmas Tree

When I saw this beautiful origami Christmas tree, I absolutely had to make it! I hadn't quite realised how long it would take to make though, and almost regretted starting it. Once I saw the finished product, though, it was definitely worth the time I spent!
I made the small gold star using a strip of holographic paper (I bought special paper star paper, but it's just as easy to cut a long strip of paper. Then I just glued it to the top. Instructions to make paper stars here:
Source: Howaboutorange