Christmas Gingerbread Snow Cakes

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I love gingerbread, especially around Christmas. I wanted to make cupcakes for my gym’s Christmas party (counter-intuitive, I know). I had some wafer snowflakes that I impulse-purchased on my UK holiday earlier in the year, so from that my idea for Christmas cupcakes was born.

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The gingerbread cupcake recipe itself is from Isa Chandra’s Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, which I then topped with a vegan frosting.

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Making the snowy ‘ground’ by spreading flat blobs of frosting

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I spiralled the frosting so it mimicked a Christmas tree.

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Then I topped with silver glitter spray and a wafer snowflake!

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Woo hoo! Christmas!!!

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Birthday Pinata Cake

Back in November a bunch of us threw a surprise Mexican dinner for one of Nick’s bandmates. I volunteered to make the cake, and in keeping with the theme decided to make a margerita-flavoured pinata cake, complete with pinata candy filling.

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The cake itself wasn’t super pretty; I’m still working on my icing skills. But I think it’s definitely improved! There is tequila and lime in both the cake and the cream cheese frosting. Packed a punch while baking in the oven, that’sĀ  for sure!

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Tiny vodka surprise

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All filled up with lolly goodness!

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All covered up and none the wiser šŸ˜‰

We had dinner at Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant in Mount Lawley, which has big fishbowl cocktails and massive servings of food. Josh was really chuffed by the cake I think, so I’m pretty pleased with the result šŸ™‚

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Nick’s Birthday Cake

I’ve been really slow with updating, which is a hallmark to my tendency to put things off as long as physically possible. I have no excuse, I’m just the worst.

Anyway, Nick’s birthday was back in November, and his cake was essentially just a vessel for a pile of chocolate. My boy loves chocolate, and who can blame him! So this time, a cookies and cream cheesecake number with some of the best of the $1 chocolate bar special at Woolworths had to offer.

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Also some strawberries for like, nutrition, or something.

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Stylistically, I was going for the chaotic whimsy of the team at Unbirthday Bakery (check ’em out on Instagram). Their cakes just look so insane and amazing, and they have a strict no fondant policy which I admire because fondant is gross. I myself try to avoid as much as possible (but am also not very good at that). I’m also not very good at piling chocolate together in as artful or skilful a way as they do, but they’re professionals so whatever.

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And that is how to give your loved one a trip to the dentist for their birthday.