We normal have a Christmas in July celebration with a roaring fire, delicious hot midday meal, and a few fun treats. We do this to make winter more fun and because we can’t have a traditional Christmas on 25 December as it is far to hot.
This year there will be no celebration due to the pandemic. No sisters and their families, no in-laws and no auntie. I decided yesterday that if I couldn’t have a big celebration I could still have the cake. I made three cakes. I didn’t have certain ingredients so I substituted; extra sultanas and raisons and a packed of mixed fruit instead of currents. Lemon and orange zest instead of peel. They look pretty yummy and I gave them a good brandy shower.
Do you know We Need A Little Christmas from Mame. If not [you are sadly missing out] you can listen to it here:
One cake will be eaten plain and the other two will be iced. I have made a frog for Micahel and my new Sir Choc book and he will repose on top of one.
I have also been making fondant dogs for this new book. Our latest addition is a bulldog. He was supposed to be based on Ollie, Pete from BeetleyPete blog’s dog, but I got the colours a bit wrong. Ollie is much darker. The cute face and wrinkly skin is right though. You can find a picture of Pete and Ollie here: https://beetleypete.com/about/
If you don’t know Pete’s blog you should go over and have a look. Pete writes terrific serialised stories and blogs lots of fun posts about life in the UK, past and present, as well as posts about Ollie’s antics and adventures.
Maybe I’ll decorate one of the cakes with dogs …