12 Days of Christmas [Days 1-4]

Pirate Dreams
Posted on 12/21/2012 by cakecrumbs
Can you believe Christmas is almost upon us? Are you guys feeling prepared? I'm not! I've been preparing since November and I still can't believe Christmas is just around the corner.

Time...

Stahp.

I've been doing lots of festive baking now that I find myself with some free time for the first time in 2 years. Over at the blog I've been running a 12 Days of Christmas series. I'm conscious of spamming the comm by posting all 12 posts separate, so I'm going to post them in bunches of 4 instead. Here's the first batch:



4 Poinsettia Chocolate Ripple Jocondes

These are mini versions of my Triple Chocolate Ripple Joconde with a festive twist.



The joconde is made using a peppermint décor paste this time, rather than chocolate. Inside is a chocolate ripple cake with peppermint infused cream, topped with dark chocolate mousse and a dark chocolate ganache. That's all topped with poinsettias made from coloured white chocolate.



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3 Candle Cakes



These cakes are made from white chocolate mud cake, wrapped in fondant and drizzled with white chocolate ganache. I'm gonna say straight up forget about making candles and just make the white chocolate mudcake. Seriously just bake it and take it out of your oven and sit there on the kitchen floor with a spoon and eat this cake because there's no time for anything else. We were so shocked at how amazing this recipe was that we wanted to devour the whole thing right then and there. If not for dedication to the blog series, we probably would have, too!



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2 Macarons



My first time making macarons! First time eating them as well. I finally got over the fear that had been instilled in me by horror stories and tackled this crazy beast of doom. Only to find out that it's more of a kitten. They're super easy.

Both are plain almond macarons. Red ones are filled with peppermint tea-infused white chocolate ganache, white ones are filled with cranberry, raspberry and strawberry tea-infused white chocolate ganache.

Being Christmas and all, I had to go for a tower:



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And a Christmas Cookie Tree



The cookie tree is a bit of a tradition in my house now. It's basically sugar cookies, topped with royal icing and dessicated coconut. Every year I look for a way to dress it up. This year I made it green. And miniature. And gave it some baubles.



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Phew. Alright. See you guys in a few with the next lot.


charissa 20th-Dec-2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
I love that christmas cookie tree! You've inspired me to make one to put next to my gingerbread house!
cakecrumbs 24th-Dec-2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
Awesome. :D I hope you post it so we can see it!
the_tao_of_lu 20th-Dec-2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
I never respond to your posts but I always love your pics and bakes. Thanks for posting the white chocolate cake. I don't like milk/dark chocolate, but adore white chocolate. Will make this one for new years... perhaps use a sparkler or silver stars on top!
cakecrumbs 24th-Dec-2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. Sparklers sound like awesome fun!
tsuki_no_bara 20th-Dec-2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
the candle cakes are so cool! especially with the lit wicks. and i've never even heard of white chocolate mud cake, but it sounds delish.
cakecrumbs 24th-Dec-2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'd never had it or seen it anywhere apart from one recipe book I have. We're all very glad I finally tried it because it's now everyone's favourite.
hycaliber 20th-Dec-2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
You have inspired me to quit baking forever... I AM NEVER GOING TO BE REMOTELY AS TALENTED AS YOU ARE.

Thanks for sharing, I loved the candle cakes!
cakecrumbs 24th-Dec-2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
Haha. Naaaw. You can be ever more awesome! :D Seriously, I've just practised a lot over the last couple years. That's all it takes.
lacelamb 20th-Dec-2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
You're so talented it hurts! I wouldn't want to eat any of these, they're a piece of art :]
cakecrumbs 24th-Dec-2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you. :]
imidealistic 20th-Dec-2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
oh............wow!! amazing!
cakecrumbs 24th-Dec-2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
starrdust411 20th-Dec-2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
Whoa. Those are some intense desserts. Those Poinsettia cakes look awesome. And the candle cakes... damn.
cakecrumbs 24th-Dec-2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. :D
miss_sarac 21st-Dec-2012 01:18 am (UTC)
lovely as always!

I'm so envious of your skills and patience.
cakecrumbs 24th-Dec-2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :D There's tonnes of patience but not much skill haha. Just a long list of past mistakes and lessons learnt from them.
helenatroy 21st-Dec-2012 03:03 am (UTC)
um. Can I come over and help you eat all that?
cakecrumbs 24th-Dec-2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
Please feel free!
tresjolie9 21st-Dec-2012 04:04 am (UTC)
Those around you are extremely lucky!
cakecrumbs 24th-Dec-2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I hope they feel so haha.
achillesm 21st-Dec-2012 04:56 am (UTC)
ooh, these look amazing!
cakecrumbs 24th-Dec-2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
scrat_squirrel 23rd-Dec-2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Everything is incredible!
cakecrumbs 24th-Dec-2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :]
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