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Fall begins a season of celebrations - harvests, brlliant colors, Halloween, All Saints Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, our anniversary -- and today, my birthday!


To celebrate I painted some bright red rose hips - a reminder of the season and the colors I love, the hips-- the fruit of a season's work and the promise of more to come! Sort of like birthdays, I think! I kept this rather splashy simply for the joy of the season!


Thank you all for your constant support and encouragment - but more, your friendships and kind words. You cannot know how much you mean to me!


Have a slice of celebratory cake today -- on me! And please enjoy the two portraits below - gifts from my dear friends Doris and Janina!

I just want to show you part of what we are going to have for dessert,

This are some of what I made for Christmas, fruits Ladybug are Marzipan,

done with pure almond paste the only tool was a kitchen knife for the crease

my favorites are always the bananas and peach, I don't spray my fruit I like

the natural, white and dark chocolate truffles to die for:-) and the other two with the

leaf is chocolate covered cake, this are all bite size,

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I've taken this low resolution video today.


In Italy, on Christmas day we usually eat this butter made cake called "panettone". It has candied fruit and raisins in it. The one you see in the video is a small version without candied fruit and raisins. It's many calories and birds love it.


in charge with the dessert for Christmas dinner at friends' :)

--> white chocolate pralines and almond layer log accompanied with fresh berries and coffee syrup.

Here is wishing you all a Christmas that is


Fun-filled: with some memory created and recalled afresh.

Here is what we *plan* to do as a family:

- Plant some flower seeds which should bloom in a couple of months.

- Play Scrabble or Pictionary

- Watch a fun DVD together.


Fulfilled: If its got to be a true holiday, it needs to meaningful.

- For us Christmas is remembering the greatest gift, Jesus.


Food-filled: Yeah, what's a special day without all the goodies to tuck in.

There's all the typical Kerala stuff through the day: Appam & Stew, Fruit Cake and Wine, Biriyani, a Roast, Cutlets, fruit crumble. Hopefully, there are pics coming ;)

Cupcake fruit cake com nozes decorado com rena em pasta americana

Baking a Traditional Fruit Cake is a process. Here dried fruits & peel are soaked for the Christmas 2010.


Recipe for the cake is here. Soaking that early is not a necessary. I know of people & hotels who do it around October. But I don't trust myself to remember then ;)

Our first cake for 2010. We made this to celebrate our parent's 45th wedding anniversary. Each bear represents a member of the family with a few absent members represented in the details.


Top and bottom teirs are dummie cakes and middle teir is moist boiled fruit cake, that has been lovingly doused in Brandy every two weeks over the last 8 or so weeks.


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It's that time of the year, to start making the Christmas cake.

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My daughter is at it again! She has been interested in making cupcakes recently and received a lot of tools for Christmas.


These are birthday cupcakes for her Grandma - devils chocolate cake with blackberry buttercream icing, garnished with a plump, juicy blackberry on top. Mmmmmmmm....


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Thinking about Christmas Cakes & Designs I made this, which is totally inspired by Lindy smith's 3 tiered Snowflake Cake!

This cake isn't fruit cake but sponge, But we will be having a very boozy, Brandy soaked fruit cake for the Christmas period.....YUM!!!!


I used patchwork cutters for the snowflakes and have got to say they are really tricky to use, I have tried several ways and had broken more snowflakes than I actually made, so there was some bad language flying around :o)

For the small beads of snow I used royal icing.

Zoe and Poppy celebrate the 3rd Advent. They love to eat their favourite christmas cake which is called Stollen.

Stollen is a fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar. It is a traditional German cake, usually eaten during the Christmas season and it is also called Weihnachtsstollen or Christstollen.


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Just me and the elf on the shelf having some coffee and sweets that came all the way from Germany. Thank you so much dear Heike for this wonderful Christmas surprise!. We love the cookies, chocolate, OMG the fruit cake! and the beautiful amulet you made me of my little Keenan! I will cherish it forever! <3


My girls want to say Thank you to you, Zoe, Bluebelle, Dylan, and Poppy!:D xoxoxo


P.S. I just hid the fruit cake from everyone. It's so good I don't want to share it! LOL


Sam says I spoil him too much, that it's not his birthday until January and Christmas is only just round the corner. But I just can't help it, I love that little robot and if he wants his own iPad he can have one.

Santa and Rudolph take a well-earned day off whilst the rest of us enjoy the fruits of their night's work.


For ODC: "And then it was..." (time for a rest)


This is the last of Mrs Mac's Christmas Cake orders for 2011, her best-seller from last year, a 8" fruit cake covered in marzipan and sugar paste with hand-modelled santa and rudolph.


As it's Sunday and Christmas, there's a been a bit of magic sliding going on, but no other editing this time! Happy Christmas Sunday Sliding!!!

apple tart with caramel, a piece of cake, top view on a wooden board

Festive Christmas German Stollen Bread with Powdered Sugar

Rich fruit cake drenched with brandy, covered in marzipan and fondant with edible snowflakes and a generous dsusting of edible white glitter for that Christmas sparkle.

Preserved cherries - different names (candied, crystallized, glace) but all made the same by soaking them for weeks in a colourful sugary syrup. I just buy mine at the local bulk store and use them to decorate Christmas baking.


These fruits actually have an interesting history. First made in the Middle East in the early 1300s they followed the trade route through Venice and Milan. By the 1500s bakers in Milan were including these red and green fruits in their Christmas panettone. From Italy, candied cherries (and other fruit) moved westward ... including into Britain for their every-famous (or infamous) "Christmas cake" ... and then across the Atlantic to become part of Canadian and American festive baking, too.

I've cut the Christmas cake! Every year I make a Christmas cake and every year I wonder why. It never ever gets cut on Christmas Day when everyone is there. Only one of my three grown up kids eat it, and she makes her own cake. My husband and I love fruit cake, but we really don't need it at Christmas time when there is an abundance of yummy foods to eat. I should just make it through the year sometimes. I've cut it into thirds, like 3 bar cakes. 2 thirds in the freezer and we'll no doubt get stuck into the 3rd third tonight. :sweat_smile:

These are mini fruit cakes I made a few months back. They've been soaking gently with a drizzle of brandy put in them each month. Today I iced them. I don't profess to being that handy with the ol' icing, but they'll make nice pressies for my neighbours, some who are on their own. A perfect one person cake!

Today's lunch.

Salad from our garden, plus avocado.

Curry puffs made by me, with my great grandmother's anglo indian recipe, and sweet chilli sauce.

Orange juice.


My greatgrandmother, who was commonly known as "Granny" in the neighbourhood, used to make 100s of curry puffs for people when they had parties. It was a sort of small time catering business that she had. Apparently, she would line up her 7 grandchildren in an assembly line to cut and fold pastry around the minced meat. She also made fruit cakes for weddings and Christmas ... I used the same recipe for my own wedding cake.

Yule log of white chocolate mousse, stuffed with raspberry puree sponge rolls, glazed with raspberry jelly, garnished with white chocolate, fresh berries, and gold leaf (also know as Buche de Noel)


Whole set is here.


A 9 inch fruit cake made for a charity auction for The Burnet Institute. I went a little overboard and spent way too much time on it, but I just loved making it. The design is based on a buttercream cake by Sharon Zambito, who it a cake goddess. This was entered into a Flickr Bake off throwdown with the lovely, thanks Yuliya :)

As you can see I have become rather fond of my snowflake cutter and my little snowmen.

This wee fellow is the top "cupcake" for my Christmas cupcake tree.

Amazingly we're not big cake eaters and our normal Christmas cake seemed to hang on for ever, so last year our daughter suggested I did cupcakes for Christmas and made a "Christmas Tree" out of my Wilton stand.


The cupcakes are in fact little boiled fruit cakes made in cupcake liners with Karen's (cakebaker_cakemaker) excellent recipe.


This was last year's "tree"


This year's theme will be ..... surprise, surprise ..... snowflakes topped with a snowman !!!!!


Cakes covered in marzipan and fondant and "twinkled" to within an inch of their lives! ;o)))

Made Explore 21.12.2008

...... I'd like to wish all my lovely flickr friends and contacts very Happy Holidays, whatever this time of year means to you and your families.


Thank you so much for all your visits and comments and above all for your friendship ...... it means a great deal to me.


Here is the LAST of my "Girls" ..... Rudolph-ina !


I just knew with a nose as red as that she had to be fond of the odd tipple or two ...... and this is how I found her at Santa's office party !


I think maybe next year he'll stick with the boys ...... !!! ;o)) LOL


I'll post a picture of the finished tree after Christmas as my camera battery is flat ... doh! .... and I really ought to be doing something more sensible right now anyway ! ;o))


Mini-fruitcake cupcake with marzipan and fondant icing.

Explore 24.12.2009

Lovely shot of Christmas festivities at Waterford's Sailors' Rest. Particularly like the British Sailors' Society banner adorned by a dove with a twig in its mouth (as in the Noah's Ark story). And wondering if the Christmas crackers on the tables were Tom Smith's brand...


We didn't have a location for this Sailors' Rest that we first featured back on 17 July, although we knew this photo was ordered by a Mr Craig, until ofarrl commented:

"This was more than likely number 9 Henrietta Street, Waterford which was the address of the David Beatty Sailors Rest."


Date: 29 December 1931


NLI Ref.: P_WP_3883

..... this is yet another of my 4'' rich fruit Christmas cakes!

With marzipan and fondant icing ...... snowmen made of fondant as well ..... and the whole cake brushed with edible pearl lustre.

I very rarely leave the edge of the board without a ribbon trim, but I felt on this occasion the silver edge was just right!


(The little chap standing has a snowflake in his hands which doesn't show very well I'm afraid)

Made Explore20.12.2008

Haul out the holly

Put up the tree before my spirit falls again

Fill up the stocking

I may be rushing things but deck the halls again now


For we need a little Christmas right this very minute

Candles in the window, carols at the spinet

Yes we need a little Christmas right this very minute

Hasn't snowed a single flurry, but Santa dear we're in a hurry


Climb down the chimney

Turn on the brightest string of lights I've ever seen

Slice up the fruit cake

It's time we've hung some tinsel on the evergreen bough


For I've grown a little leaner, grown a little colder

Grown a little sadder, grown a little older

And I need a little angel sitting on my shoulder

Need a little Christmas now


For we need a little music, need a little laughter,

need a little singing ringing through the rafter

and we need a little snappy, happy ever after

We need a little Christmas now!


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