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It’s Beginning to Taste a Lot Like Christmas

‘Tis the season of Starbucks Red Cups, Christmas Carollers and new baking recipes. If you have been panicking about the extra mouths to feed over the Christmas period, and not boring your family with the same Trifle dessert, the panic is over! If you are feeling brave enough to experiment and bring a different taste to Christmas, look no further.

In this beautiful season, many of us are fortunate to experience winter festivals, fairs and markets. I had my first German Market experience a few years ago: carousels, ferris wheel, juicy bratwurst, home made hot chocolate, mulled wine and pretzels were just a handful of things that grasped my attention. One tasty treat that my taste buds will never forget were the delectable treats known as Schmalzkuchen. These little doughnuts, other wise known as Lard Cakes, are traditional treats eaten at German winter festivals. Served hot and smothered in melted chocolate, these are the perfect little treats to keep your guests happy.


Schmalzkuchen

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National Cookie Day

December is here. The skies are littered with Christmas lights and the scent of freshly chopped trees fill the market areas. While there are many beautiful and significant things about this season, there is no doubt that indulgence has become one of them!

I admit, I took some time in deciding which recipe would kick start the Christmas season, then I stumbled across three very profound words: National Cookie Day.  What better way to begin the Christmas season of cupcakingly delicious recipes!

Thanks to my new friend Pinterest  I learnt some interesting facts about the history of the cookie:

  1. The name cookie derives from the Dutch word koekje, which means little cake.
  2. Cookies are typically made of eggs, flour, sugar, butter or cooking oil. Common ingredients are raisins, chocolate chips or oats.
  3. Popular American cookies were traditionally Macaroons or Gingerbread Cookies.

With Christmas just on our doorsteps, what better recipe to share other than the Gingerbread Cookie.

Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men

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Merry Berry Christmas

Merry Christmas cake angels!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful day surrounded by friends, family, rich foods, desserts, and sweet wines!

Christmas always seems to be a time of repeated recipes in my household. Despite my eagerness to flaunt my baking abilities and showcase new recipes, my household love to request their favourite bakes… This Christmas I baked two light and crunchy Apple Streusel cakes, with a warm berry compote. Close your eyes and picture this, a light and fluffy vanilla cake lying beneath a layer of apples, and a crunchy bed of streusel topping. Drizzled over the cake is a cocktail of sweet n sour summer berries, the perfect winter warmer.

These are two of the simplest recipes you’ll find on the cupcakinglydelicious blog. Check out the Recipes page for the how-to.

Have yourself a Merry Berry Christmas!

Love, Peace & Joy,

Tracey xo

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas cake angels,

Just posting a quick message to say that I hope you’re all having a beautiful day with your friends and families, and eating yourselves silly!

In the UK the traditional way to end a Christmas dinner is with Christmas pudding, but having a strong dislike for any form of fruit cake I decided to whip up a Red Velvet cake instead. Meanwhile, my Aunt made a Lemon tart, which was the perfect palette-cleansing-ending to a hefty meal.  {Recipes will soon be updated, for the adventurous among you.}

This was my first sampling of Lemon Tart, and although the pastry looked thick and heavy, it was actually light in texture and not too sweet at all. The bitter-sweet tang of the lemon was a refreshing end to a long day of feasting, which in turn was washed down with a glass of wine :)

Which Christmas desserts did you have this year?

Love & Christmas cheer,

Tracey xoxo

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

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Christmas Countdown

Hello my lovelies,

How has your day been? I’ve been super busy to say the least. With only 2days til Christmas I still have a bundle of things to do… Today my sisters and I spent 3-4hrs cleaning the house in preparation for Christmas, whilst listening to the soulful sounds of Mariah Carey & Michael Buble’s Christmas albums. I also went for a run, made dinner for the family, and even managed to do some late night Christmas shopping. It’s amazing what you can do in 24hrs.

When it comes to Christmas I get super excited, I’m like the biggest kid ever and every year seems to get better! The family reunions, the food, the Christmas carols, the movies, the gifts- everything gets me jumping for joy! This year I’m particularly excited about the feast that my Mother, sisters and I will be preparing. (All will be revealed in my next post.)

What ‘s on your Christmas menu this year? Leave your comments below or tweet me @trace_cupcake89. Til then sweet dreams.

Love & Cupcakes,

Tracey xoxo

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