Festive Baking

Hey everyone! I hope you had an amazing Christmas filled with great gifts, food and family time.

Today I wanted to share a few photos of some of the baking I did with my Mum on Christmas Eve Eve (sorry Scrooges, it’s definitely a thing). Now, me and my Mum will both admit we are not excellent bakers. I know a poor workmen blames their tools, but we really do have a knackered set of scales which I will wholeheartedly blame for my first batch of cupcakes which turned out to be too moist and eggy.

However, the second batch were pretty darn good, as were my Mum’s mince pies. Feast your eyes!

In the Fyson household, there’s no exact art to constructing a mince pie – and there’s certainly no making pastry from scratch – there’s no time for that when you just want to hurry up and eat the results. My Mum used sheets of puff pastry, with a mug to cut out the circles, and a star shaped cutter for the tops.
Although you won’t be seeing these appear on Master Chef any time soon, they taste yummy! The mince meat was one of M&S’s jarred offerings, and really does the trick.
When you screw up a load of cupcakes, the birds may be happy they’ll be getting a better offering than stale bread, but I was quite disappointed. Luckily, this batch of chocolate cupcakes came out much better. The icing was meant to go red to match the cake wrappers, but you can’t have everything can you?
The adorable card cake toppers are from Hobbycraft, as are the delicious and cute icing decorations below…
To display all these lovely cakes, we also got a cardboard cake stand from Hobbycraft, which although was not the most robust piece of display equipment, it did the job pretty well with a bit of sellotape help.
So there we have it, some of our Christmassy baking! Did you get much baking done over the holidays? Feel free to post your links (particularly if you have any yum recipes).


  1. Rachael

    I love that penguin topper on the cupcakes – although he's a little too cute to eat! Gotta love homemade mince pies – always so tasty!

  2. Carie

    I agree about Christmas Eve Eve – it's definitely a thing! I spent mine cleaning the house, stuffing the turkey and making a two dozen mince pies and two dozen Florentines, and then Christmas Eve making Tunis Cake and Chocolate log – we're not going hungry any time soon!

  3. duck in a dress

    They look delicious! I didn't do much baking for Christmas (we were going away on 22nd so cakes and stuff wouldn't have kept) but I did bake a load of stuff for a Festive Bake Sale for Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day 🙂 x

  4. Cat Fyson

    I hope you had a lovely time away – I am hoping to go away somewhere nice for Xmas next year. I saw your festive bake sale post and wish I had been there to buy and eat some of the delicious looking cakes! x

  5. Angela

    The mince pies look awesome, and it is quite tricky to get a deep red colour, even if you use Extra Red gel colouring. You still have to add loads, and then you can taste it.

    As for me, I did some stollen spiral buns which have been great for elevenses. Oh, and some mince pie popcorn a la Kirstie Allsopp. Surprisingly good!

  6. Cat Fyson

    Weirdly, my red food colouring from Asda tasted of strawberry…even though there's no reference to it including any flavouring! I didn't mind, but it was unexpected.

    I have a confession to make – I've never tried stollen! I hear it's yummy though. Mince pie popcorn sounds interesting too! x

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