Gingerbread Star Tree


I bought a set of star cookie cutters several years ago to make a star cookie tree and never got round to using them, so I thought instead of making a gingerbread house this year I would make a tree! Anne and I are still holding up our Christmas gingerbread baking day and it didn’t disappoint this year, can’t think of a more fun way to spent a day than baking with a friend! Click  here to see my star tree creation.

White Christmas Silhouette Cake

img_4751Every year I like to try a different Christmas cake design. I usually do something slightly silly but this year I came across this cake on Pinterest and really wanted to give it a go. It’s very different to anything I’ve ever done before. Click here to keep reading.

I never got round to writing about my Christmas cake last year and as I tried a new recipe I thought it was worth adding to our Christmas blogs this year. The recipe was from the Sainsbury’s magazine and was a really lovely moist squishy Christmas cake. Click

here to see the recipe for this yummy cake.

Santa’s Spa Christmas Cake

Today I have spent all day decorating my own Christmas cake – it took way longer than planned but I’m pleased with the finished cake. I’ll hopefully post it later in the week, but first, here is a cake I made for the office for a charity raffle last week. Click here to keep reading.

Sour Cherry Stollen Bars


It’s always fun to try new recipes of traditional things that people have reinvented. So when I was looking through my Christmas Olive magazine and came across a gluten free baking section I was very excited to see a recipe for Stollen bars. My husband’s family love Stollen – they spent several years living in Germany where Stollen originated. This recipe is amazing and well worth baking this Christmas. Click  here to try this recipe.

Rudolph Cupcakes

A couple of weeks ago I made some cakes to take down to the Leeds office when I went for the day. Given it was December I decided that I should make something Christmassy. I hadn’t been food shopping so I was limited with what flavour I could make so just went with vanilla. The decoration was an easy choice – I made these cakes last year and really wanted to put them on the blog but never got round to taking photos. Click here to keep reading.

Frangipane Mince Pies


I’ve been making the same mince pies for years so decided to try something different this year. I had a look through my recipe books and found Nigella’s frangipane mince pies which sounded really good. I also made my own mincemeat too and used a different recipe which wasn’t as good as Delia’s so I’ll be going back to her recipe next year! Click  here to try these mince pies.