Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Baking for Christmas.

Yesterday I woke up, felt in a bit of a funk, and then pulled myself out of it with a mammoth baking extravaganza. It. Was. Awesome! So much fun, and so very zen. Here are the goodies...

In all its cooling on the table glory. Tee hee! Let's see what they made?

Here are some truffles. Sorry about the horrific photo, I had about three seconds to take it. Anyway, the ones with coconut on the outside are Rum Truffles (with raisins) from The Vegan Cookbook (my very first vegan cookbook ever so many years ago). The ones that are just covered in cocoa are a variation I made up - Cointreau Truffles (with chopped dates). They are both very yummy. And very high in alcohol!

Isa's Gingerbread Men, though they are sadly nekkid and undecorated. I was going to make some royal icing to make them pretty today, but my intentions were thwarted. Boo hiss. While they may be nekkid, they are still yummy though.

From the second I saw them, I had to have them! They are Strawberry Santa Hats from Wing It Vegan. They are so adorable! I made the coconut cake from the recipe on the blog, and it is so very easy and tasty. I used the Buttercream recipe from The Joy Of Vegan Baking. And they taste great - I love the freshness of the strawberry with the coconut and the buttercream. But... if you think that they are cute...

REINDEER CUPCAKES! Oh, they are so adorable. Again, I got the inspiration from Wing It Vegan. So cute I could *die*. I used the basic chocolate cupcake recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World and I iced them with Chocolate Ganache (also from VCTOTW) rather than buttercream. The nose is a halved fresh cherry and the eyes are spots of buttercream with chocolate chips as pupils. The antlers are pretzels. They have no mouths, because everything I tried just looked kind of strange. So they are silent.

And here is a (slightly blurry) close up, just to revel in the CUTE! Tee hee.

This morning I woke up full of plans for more baking, including dressing my gingerbread men. Alas, I woke up with the headache that Nurofen would not budge. Which seems to be evolving into the slight feeling of ookiness that may come before a flu. Hmmm... not for Christmas!

Oh well, the stollen, mince pies and shortbread will have to wait until next year. Or, more likely, until June when I make winter solstice Yule festivities.


  1. Well that certainly didn't disappoint!! Awesome baking spectacular ~ loving everything!!
    You rock.

  2. That is a lot of baking - awesome!! The cupcakes are so cute!

  3. OH! I MUST have reindeer cupcakes!!! SO SO very adorable!!!!!

    I hope you don't get sick for Christmas :( Feel better soon!

  4. You did a lot of Christmas baking, go you! I love the gingerbread men and the reindeer.

    Merry Christmas, Susan!

  5. Wow — that all looks delicious. I hope you had a relaxing Christmas afterwards!

  6. Thanks guys, it certainly was a very fun day! Next year I might try and spread it out over the month though... it was a bit of a sugar rush for everyone in disposing of it. LOL.

    It is all gone now, except for a few stray rum and cointreau truffles.

    I didn't mak enough cupcakes for everyone at work, but I did take in some for the girls who had to work on Christmas Day. They are seriously cute food presents! Is t wrong to still be loving them so much when I made them?? LOL

  7. This is true food porn! Those gingerbread men are naked!! :)

    I'm so glad you liked my strawberry santa hats and reindeer cupcakes! They look beautiful, way prettier than mine! These are so going on my list of Christmas goodies! Thank you so much for the shoutout!