Advent Calendar Made Of Mini Cupcakes

Hi there,

Christmas is getting close! I should have done this calendar before in order to start counting from the 1st of December, but better late than never! The good thing is that today I’ll be able to eat 14 mini cupcakes in a row :D lol.

Jocking aside, these little treats don’t last so many days, so it’s better to eat them just after making them, sharing them with your family and friends.

Actually my friend Arnau gave me this lovely idea last year and I’ve finally made it real!! :) I dedicate it to him!

Have a nice Christmasy week!

Sara

Merry Christmas at Coniq!

Hi there,

These are the Christmas cupcakes I made for Coniq’s customers! As far as I know, they were so happy with them! So am I! :- )

They were mainly purple and white, matching with the Coniq’s icon. As a Christmas decorations, I added fondant Xmas trees, baubles, snowflakes and holly leaves. I also personalised some of them with a hand piped message for their customers. 

Merry & Sweet Christmas to everyone!

Sara

The Three Wise Men Cupcakes (Los Tres Reyes Magos)

Happy New Year everyone!

Christmas days are over but in Spain we still have a beautiful tradition to celebrate on January 6th: the Three Wise Men! Their names are: Melchor, Gaspar & Baltasar. That’s why I made these cute “Wise Men” cupcakes, so I could share the story with all you lot!

According to the history, the Wise Men gave three presents to baby Jesus to celebrate his birth: gold, frankincense and myrrh. So, following this tradition, we also give presents to our family and friends on that day. But you’d better had behaved well the previous year! If not, the Wise Men might bring you “carbón dulce” as “punishment”!

The Three Wise Men’s Eve is also very special. The streets are full of people who want to see the “Three Wise Men” in their parade floats. Almost every town has its own parade. Sweets are thrown along the streets for kids to pick them up. It´s so funny to see also grown ups fighting to get few sweets from the floor!

During this celebration on January 6th we typically eat “Roscón de Reyes“, a very sweet desert that contains a king figurine inside, as well as a raw bean. The person who gets the king figurine in their slice of Roscón de Reyes becomes the king of the table and has to wear a card crown. However the person who gets the bean in their slice becomes the responsible for paying the Roscón!! That’s bad luck! lol.

Have a nice and sweet “día de Reyes”! I hope you don’t get too much carbón dulce ;)

 

Sara

 

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

Merry Christmas! Xmas Tree Cupcakes

I’ve loved Christmas since I was a child. Xmas for me is illusion, happiness, joy, love, warmth… It’s a beautiful moment to gather with your family and enjoy all together.

This is being my first Christmas in London. Currently it’s amazingly decorated: Hyde Park, London Bridge, Westminster, Oxford Street… Hundreds of lights and garnishes everywhere. London is surrounded by such a magic atmosphere!

Xmas Tree Cupcakes

During this season I like decorating my Xmas tree with lots of garnishes, walking along the illuminated and crowded streets, watching Christmas films (even if I’ve watched them several times), and eating the typical food of this season, specially the sweet one (“turrón”, “polvorones”, “mantecados”… they’re all typical Spanish!! Yummmmmmmmy!!).

As I forgot my huge Xmas tree in Barcelona, this year I decided to make Xmas tree cupcakes instead! And as it’s difficult to find my favourite kind of “turrón” here (the “Jijona” ‘s one), I decided to eat them all too! haha. All in one! I’m jocking! Actually my partner brought some of them into his office to share with his workmates. Merry Christmas, guys!

Xmas Tree Cupcakes

Xmas Tree Cupcakes

These Xmas tree cupcakes are surprisingly easy to make. I got my inspiration from the book Objetivo: Cupcake Perfecto whose writer is Alma Obregón.

Xmas Tree Cupcakes

How To Make Them

Bake your cupcakes in brown paper liners. Let them cool onto a cooling rack. Meanwhile roll out some yellow gum paste (I used Wilton lemon yellow to colour it) and cut some stars by using a small star shaped pastry cutter.

Once your cupcakes have completely cooled, fill your piping bag with green buttercream (I used Wilton leaf green to colour it) and pipe a tall swirl onto each cupcake by using the #2D tip decoration (closed star). Immediately after (before buttercream dries), sprinkle your cupcake with sugar balls and add a star on top.

Xmas Tree Cupcakes

Xmas Tree Cupcakes

Give them a try! You’ll surprise all your guests this Christmas!

Have a nice week.

Sara