Christmas Bell Cake Pops. Step-By-Step Visual Tutorial

Hi there,

I love Christmas days. Decoration, illumination, atmosphere, coziness, family, love, food, sweets… I adore everything in that season!

I made a funny Santa’s cake to celebrate the Christmas day. Now we’re getting close to New Year’s. Time flies!

To celebrate New Year’s Eve, I bring you these sweet and cute Christmas bell cake pops.

In Spain we have a peculiar tradition known as “The Twelve Grapes”, which consists in eating a grape with each bell strike at midnight of December 31st. According to the tradition, that leads to a year of prosperity and luck.

I always have to peel the grapes first and remove their seeds, as my mouth is getting full and full with each bell strike and I can’t swallow them if I don’t do it this way! The trick is to try to not laugh while eating them and try to make others laugh in the meantime! So funny ;D

The day I was making these cake pops, I wanted to prepare something a bit different and, after a little bit of on-line research,  I found that Christmas bells were not the main element in most of Christmas sweets and desserts.

How To Make Christmas Bell Cake Pops

Step-By-Step Visual Tutorial

These were the steps I followed during my “experiment”:

To make the bell shape, I just made a ball with the cake pop mixture and then, I rolled my finger through the bottom to get an indentation.

I guess that if you just make  balls instead of bell shapes, you’re going to get bell-shaped cake pops anyway because when you leave them to dry on parchment paper, a “foot” of melted chocolate is formed, which helps to give that shape. I need to try again and check!! ;)

Happy New Year!

Sara

My Christmas Cake: Santa’s Sleigh Crash

Hi there,

Today I bring sad news. Santa’s had an accident!

He was happily flying in his sleigh, got distracted and suddenly fell down over a snowy landscape!! Crash !!

I had this funny idea for my Christmas cake. Easy and delicious! I hope you get inspired.

I coated this 8 inch cake with a thin layer of buttercream and some coconut flakes, which look like snow. The figurines and ornaments were handcrafted with gum paste. I made the sleigh tracks over the snow by means of a skewer.

Despite his accident… don’t panic! I can assure you that Santa’s feeling better now and he’s going to be able to give everybody their Christmas presents ;)

Merry Christmas!

Sara

Bcn & Cake 2013

Hi there,

Two weeks ago I went to Bcn & Cake 2013, the second edition of  the popular baking and cake decorating fair in Barcelona.

There were 3 categories in the competition: story cakes, wedding cakes and sugar flowers. Here are some of the beautiful cakes and sugar flowers that were displayed in there:

1st Prize in its category (story cakes)

2nd Prize in its category (story cakes)

3rd Prize in its category (story cakes)

3rd Prize in its category (wedding cakes)

Sugar flowers

Sugar flowers

Sugar flowers

Sugar flowers

There were also some other cakes exhibited in the stalls a part from the competition ones and I specially fell in love of this novelty cake. What a lovely and realistic dog!!

I was so lucky to meet my favourite Spanish baking blogger and cupcake maker in there, whose name is Alma Obregón from the blog “Objetivo Cupcake Perfecto“.   She is very popular in Spain and everybody was queuing to meet her personally, get her signature and take some pictures. I adore her!!

Alma & me

I’m looking forward to going to the next edition in 2014.

See you soon!

Sara