Edible Christmas crafting ideas and inspiration (plus actually useful gifts for cake makers)
As I write this, snow is falling softly outside, and I can hear the beautiful tones of carol singers in the distance. Ok, none of that is true – it’s cold but dry, and fairly quiet – but one thing I can always count on around the festive time of year is christmas crafting, and the joy it brings to me and my loved ones.
On today’s blog, I wanted to share my love of Christmas crafting with you, and give you some ideas for your own festive creations this year. Plus, if you know someone who loves Christmas crafting as much as I do – and particularly the edible kind – I’ve also included some of my favourite gifts for cake makers too.
The joy of Christmas crafting
In a world of algorithms and incessant adverts, it can be hard to remember the original meaning of Christmas. And no, I don’t mean the religious one – I mean the reason we all get so excited every year, the time spent with our nearest and dearest, the communal activities, the warm fuzzy feeling of being all together again (and I think this is especially true after the past couple of years we’ve had).
One of the things I love most about the festive season with my family is Christmas crafting: spending time together to slow down and make something creative. Best of all is the Christmas crafting you can eat afterwards, which, as a professional cake maker, is kind of my speciality…
Christmas crafting ideas
As such, I’ve put together a couple of ideas of Christmas crafting activities you could get up to with your loved ones. Whether they’re rosy-cheeked children, teenagers who are counting down the hours ‘til they can go to the pub with their mates, or grown-ups all gathered in the same house for the holidays, these are bound to bring joy to everyone!
Make a Gingerbread Wreath
Floral wreaths are lovely, of course – but can you eat them? I think not! With a gingerbread wreath, you not only get the wholesome fun of making the dough, baking the shapes and assembling them into a pretty ornamental design, but you also get the devilish fun of demolishing it, snapping a bit off to sink your teeth into.
My Gingerbread Wreath kit includes my super secret gingerbread and royal icing recipes, as well as all the tools you’ll need to bring it to life: 9+ cookie cutters, a rolling pin, a paintbrush, disposal piping bag, presentation board, and the all important sugarpaste and sprinkles too! Plus, you’ll get an exclusive video tutorial to guide you through each step, taking you from dough to done.
12 Treats of Christmas
As well as Christmas crafting, another of my favourite things about the season is the abundance of delicious food and festive flavours. If you love all of the Christmas classics and don’t want to choose what you want to make: you don’t have to! My 12 Treats of Christmas course includes step-by-step instructions on how to make mini Christmas cakes, meringue wreaths and lollipops, spiced lebkuchen (gluten-free!), truffles, tiffin, mince pies four ways, mulled wine and festive spiced nuts, sugar cookies, fudge, brownies, and mega chunk cookies. Pick and choose your favourites, or set aside a fun day to make them all: it’s totally up to you.
The video course also includes loads of pretty presentation and packaging ideas, so that you can treat your friends to the fruits of your labour, too. Christmas crafting that doubles as a cute, thoughtful gift? It’s a win-win!