25 Days of Christmas Baking: Day 15 – Cake

Not quite sure what compelled me to do two big bakes today, but thanks to the silly sugar monster within me rising up here we are! Anyways, todays challenge was CAKE! That’s a bit of a vague prompt since there are so many interpretations of cake. I was thinking of some kind of big layered thing, but then realized that cake is hard to give away, and there is no room AT ALL to stuff that in my freezer! Then I came across SUGAR PLUM FAIRY CUPCAKES from Sally’s Baking Addiction and I had to make them (like I spent days daydreaming about them)!

The name on it’s own invokes whimsical sparkly holiday cheer, and they are just gorgeous little bundles of sweet frosting and spice.

I was almost dancing as I mixed up the cake batter which is so fragrant with cinnamon and nutmeg. They couldn’t bake fast enough to frost with pretty purple buttercream and candies and cookies galore.

This is by far my favourite recipe in a while, and I’m going to make it over and over again.

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Monday MOTIVATION! Travel to the colourful candy coated worlds of PIP AND POP!

Outside my window is ridiculously, no good, oh so freezing, why do I live here – COLD!!! Everybody is daydreaming about getting away to a hot sandy beach far far away to escape the cold. Me, I’m not such a big fan of hot either – but a trip to a magical land of CANDY is much more my thing!

One of my favourite artists and a big sweet-toothed inspiration of mine is the installation artist PIP AND POP. Pip and Pop (also known as Australian artist Tanya Schultz) creates entire worlds filled with candy, sparkly rainbow sugar, and complete and utter HAPPINESS that transport you back to the carefree days of your childhood when your teeth just ACHED from FAR TOO MANY SWEETS and there was endless possibility!

You can’t help but wanting to build a little house on the foot of a towering glittering sugar sweet mountain! Let’s GO!

You can explore and drool over her worlds here on Instagram or Facebook!

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