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Monday 23 December 2019

A Twist on Traditional

It’s Christmas Eve Eve!
How did that happen?  One minute I was celebrating my birthday mid November, and today I’m in a panic, circling wagons on Christmas preps - have I forgotten something?  
Well, it’s certainly not K E V I N !!!
I had some bonus hours with the grandkiddos recently so I immediately said, hey let’s watch Home Alone! I absolutely never tire of that film and it never fails to get me feeling christmassy.  You too?

This got me feeling christmassy too.  Icing my cake.

I had the cake soaking up regular drizzles of brandy but had no idea how I was going to decorate it this year. 

Then on Sunday morning up popped a friend on Insta with a modern snowball design. 

I knew in an Insta instant that this was “the one”.

So I sent TP to Waitrose for fondant icing and gold lustre spray.  I’d not used either before.
 but they are the ultimate doddle!

I changed the design a little to “make it my own”.  I added a floor of fondant icing - an excuse for more sugar - and scattered the snowballs messily around to create the idea that the naughty elf on the shelf has had one gigantic snowball fight on my cake with his mates!

It’s more “official” theme is cascading snow piled with snowballs dusted with the gold lustre of the afternoon December sun.  That’s my take on it anyway.  

And I’m sooo happy with this simple, modern decoration which was such fun to put together.

Do you like this modern design?

How have you iced your cake?
Maybe you don’t do Christmas cakes?
I’ve made jule logs some years but they don’t keep so long.  This baby can keep for weeks, but I have the feeling it’s not going to last that long in our household!

Wishing you a merry Christmas Eve Eve!

A la perchoine,
Mary x.


  1. I love your take on the snowball design for your Christmas cake Mary! It looks fab! I do make a cake but don't do anything fancy with the icing, just rolling out white icing and sticking a little plastic Father Christmas on it. Have a very merry Christmas and happy new year and decade! XXX

    1. Glad you like the cake, Linda, it's possibly the best Christmas cake I've ever tasted thanks to copious amounts of fondant icing and marzipan! Maybe you'd like to try it next year?
      Have a fab 2020 and next decade.
      Hugs, x.

  2. Merry Christmas and enjoy that cake but it looks almost too good to eat. For the first time I have not made a cake this year so there will be no decorating for me.

    1. Yes Christy, I didn't want to slice it up either, but I DID! I hope I've inspired you to make one next year because with all that for icing and a thick layer of marzipan, this one's a winner!
      Happy New Year, x.