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.
The gingerbread cupcake recipe itself is from Isa Chandra’s Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, which I then topped with a vegan frosting.
Making the snowy ‘ground’ by spreading flat blobs of frosting
I spiralled the frosting so it mimicked a Christmas tree.
Then I topped with silver glitter spray and a wafer snowflake!
Woo hoo! Christmas!!!
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.
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’s for sure!
Tiny vodka surprise
All filled up with lolly goodness!
All covered up and none the wiser 😉
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 🙂
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.
Also some strawberries for like, nutrition, or something.
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.
And that is how to give your loved one a trip to the dentist for their birthday.