If you want to make a Christmas cake, make it a showstopper centrepiece for the table- no-one really wants to buy the traditional Christmas cake any more.
Popular options are things like a Gingerbread house, or you could make something like a snowman chocolate cake or a meringue based cake, anything a bit different. Christmas cupcakes are also popular.
There are so many other things to eat at Christmas, people are not so keen on the traditional cake anymore and they don’t want to pay for one that has been made to order.
At Christmas you get people who want to make their own and it’s easy to do so- you can buy ingredients bags with everything you need to make the cake apart from the eggs from the supermarket. Or you can buy a cheap readymade Christmas cake in the supermarket.
A novelty cake is a far better bet at Christmas if you want to bake something special
Sue Haskell has been a bakery lecturer at Brooklands College, Weybridge for twenty years. She is well known in the baking industry, participating at exhibitions such as Cake International and Food and Drink Expo. She has helped with the competitions at the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees annual conference since 2000.
Brooklands College in Weybridge, Surrey, offers part time catering and sugarcraft IVQ courses, such as a Level Two in Professional Bakery and an ABC Sugarcraft Award Level One as well as one day courses including Design and Create an Easter Egg, Valentine’s Cupcakes and Sugar Flowers for beginners.