Don’t you just love Christmas? Once the shopping is out of the way you get to indulge your sweet tooth without any guilt, and can treat your friends and family to an array of incredible treats.
This month I’ve pored through a few of Lindy’s amazing books and selected some cakes and cookies to give you a touch of Christmas inspiration. They’re all about making you, your family and friends very merry. (I know mine will be … Ho! Ho! Ho!)
Please click on the image if you’d like to find out which book the cake or cookie appears in.
On the first day of Christmas my true love baked for me …. a Festive Fir Tree
Featured in Lindy’s Creative Colour for Cake Decorating, this Festive Fir Tree cake was inspired by the colours of nature (and a gorgeous gem necklace). It would make an incredible centre-piece for any Christmas table.
On the second day of Christmas my true love baked for me … two turtle doves
Also from Lindy’s Creative Colour for Cake Decorating these Turtle Dove cupcakes are bursting with colour. You’ll need a cherry blossom stencil, and circle and bird silhouette cutters to create the same effect.
On the third day of Christmas my true love baked for me … three cookie crackers
Delicious cookies to brighten up a rainy afternoon – create your own moulds for these festive cookie crackers from pastillage using wallpaper and lace!
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love baked for me … four fuchsia handbags
Okay, while this cake isn’t entirely about Christmas I’m thinking it would make an amazing Christmas cake, table centrepiece (or even a beautiful present).
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love baked for me … five tasty gifts
These are a great way to say a big festive thank you to a fantastic teacher, neighbour or Scout leader … I know I’ll be baking a few this year.
On the sixth day of Christmas my true love baked for me … six striking stockings
These look amazing hanging from a Christmas tree (and they’re a great snack if you get a bit peckish in the evening …)
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love baked for me … seven bottles of bubbly
Champagne bottle cookies to brighten any Christmas occasion (and they’re okay for the under 18’s) … cheers!
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love baked for me … eight brilliant baubles
Bright colours and sparkling disco dust make these baubles really festive – they’re even better than real decorations!
On the ninth day of Christmas my true love baked for me … nine stylish snowflakes
They say snow is on the way. Now sledging is fun, but given the choice I’d rather have my snow sitting on a cupcake complemented by a hot cup of tea!
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love baked for me … ten angelic angels
Gorgeous presents and treats for your own little angels. My kids may not be angels exactly … but I’ll definitely bake them a few!
On the eleven day of Christmas my true love baked for me … eleven fruit cocktails
Featured in Lindy’s Bake Me I’m Yours Cookie these are perfect for a fun night (or day) and you can eat as many as you like without falling over!
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love baked for me … twelve party dresses
Couldn’t resist these fabulous dress cookies. If you don’t get around to them for Christmas they’d brighten up a New Years party.
Happy Christmas, happy baking (and happy 2014)!
If you are wondering whether or not to treat yourself to one of my online cake decorating classes with Craftsy, perhaps saving a few pounds will help!!! Yes Craftsy have all their classes, including ALL Cake Decorating Classes, on SALE over the Thanksgiving weekend. All classes will be $19.99 or less! Starting on Black Friday (November 29th) through Cyber Monday (December 2nd) at midnight MT (Mountain Time)… Continue reading
Lindy Smith and Lindy’s Cakes at Cake International 2013 – the largest cake decorating show of its kind in the world
November means Cake International the most important event in our cake calendar here at Lindy’s Cakes. This year the exhibition was the largest ever with exhibitors from right around the world. For me it’s always a wonderful opportunity, if only briefly, to catch up with all the students I’ve taught from both the UK and across the globe, be they from Italy, Brazil or Australia etcetera….. It’s also a marvellous… Continue reading
Lindy Smith and her cookie crackers in the spotlight, on the Christmas Stage at the ‘Ideal Home Christmas’ show
I love getting ready for Christmas, so I was thrilled to be invited to demonstrate at the Ideal Home Christmas Show at Earls Court this year. As the show was hot on the heels of Cake International at the NEC, I agreed to just provide demonstrations on the Thursday of the show. Sooooo pleased I chose Thursday because it so happened that… Continue reading
Lindy Smith gives baking and cake decorating tips to Ben Prater on BBC Radio Wiltshire Breakfast Programme
This morning I had the great privilege of speaking to Ben Prater on BBC Radio Wiltshire’s Breakfast programme. The radio station is helping to promote the Great Burbage Cake Off event, this coming Sunday in aid of Children in Need, and they contacted me for some baking and cake decorating tips. The full programme is available for the next week on iPlayer. I… Continue reading
I’m not colour-blind. I just lack the colour confidence gene. I’ve made cakes before (of course they’re a lot better since I did Lindy’s course), but choosing the right colour combinations …. let’s just say I used to stay “safe” going for a boring single colour creation, or go mad until my cakes resembled a “masterpiece” from a toddler let loose with a box of crayons.
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Your chance to WIN my NEW online Craftsy class being launched this week, all you have to do is click on the class title card and register your details with Craftsy – that’s it, nothing complicated!
Lindy’s NEW Crafty Class, click to enter the give… Continue reading
I was thrilled and delighted to discover my patchwork owl cake had been chosen, from many cakes at the Cake and Bake Show, to feature in the online version of the Telegraph Newspaper, published Saturday 14th September 2013. Here is what this prestigious paper had to say about the show and my cake:
“Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre becomes a cavernous cauldron… Continue reading
If you’ve not yet got your OWN copy of my NEW book ‘Creative colour for cake decorating‘ then have a listen to this short 4 minute sound track. You’ll hear me answer a few questions about this exciting new book plus you’ll hear from a few of my fans – their reactions to my new book and comments… Continue reading
Lindy Smith launches her NEW ‘Creative Colour for Cake decorating’ Book at the Cake and Bake Show, London
“You have saved my life soooo many times” was one of the many wonderful comments I received during the launch of my fabulous NEW book, at the The Cake and Bake Show in Earls Court, London, recently. It’s always exciting when a book, I’ve spent literally months writing, is finally published as… Continue reading
Not long now until my new book – ‘Creative colour for cake decorating‘ is published. I must admit to being very excited, I’ve loved creating this ground breaking book, it’s been a lot of fun and of course a lot of hard work too! My publishers, David and Charles, are also thrilled and have put together a short… Continue reading
As I’m sure many of you know from first hand experience, being a parent whilst juggling a business is a hard task. I’ve been judging the demands of both my family and my growing business since my son was three back in 1998, so I was delighted to learn that I have been nominated for various awards at The Mumpreneur Awards 2013 – a national award scheme for… Continue reading
We are all so excited here that my first online cake decorating class with Craftsy is proving so popular. I’ve received some lovely comments since the launch last week and now the trailer has been released – how exciting!!
Had an exciting week as my first Craftsy class has gone live. For those of you who’ve not heard of Craftsy, they are an online teaching platform for all types of craft including crochet, knitting, photography, fine art, embroidery, cooking to name a few AND, of course, cake decorating. I was approached last year to film a couple of classes and this is the first! I hope you… Continue reading
So what does the queen of Sugarcaft do when she has a few moments of spare time… she starts filming!! As if Lindy hasn’t got enough on her plate with Lindy’s Cakes, teaching and writing, the minute I turn my back she’s off in a studio far away being filmed doing what she does best. Cake friends I had to share this with you as it is an exciting new… Continue reading