Winter Wonders #photography – How To Bake A Christmas Cake If You Can’t Cook

Terri Webster Schrandt has announced her latest photography link-up challenge – Winter Wonders.

Terri say –

The theme for this holiday season is Winter Wonders.

Share your favourite posts and photos, past and present, of your holiday celebrations, food and recipes, decor, winter landscapes–anything festive!

You can link continuously from today through January 1st!

Three years ago, I ‘winter wondered’ how on earth I baked and decorated this Christmas cake.

Hugh's Christmas CakeHugh's Christmas cakeHugh's Christmas cake

Yes, the man who can’t cook and once placed a pizza in a hot oven still in its plastic base, made and decorated his very own Christmas cake. Thank goodness I was in somebody else’sΒ house when I heated up that pizza. Six months later they still had the smell of burnt melted plastic in their house.

I did wonder how I had managed to bake and decorate a Christmas cake so, the following year, I had another go. Unfortunately, that year, my Christmas cake resembled a frisbee rather than something I could make the centrepieceΒ of our Christmas teatime table. Then, last year, my effort looked like something from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas.’ I didn’t want to frighten anybody so took to writing horror stories instead.

Toby, our Cardigan Welsh Corgi, has certainly not been amused with my recent Christmas cake efforts.

Toby in a Santa Hat
Oh no! He’s not trying to bake and decorate a Christmas Cake again, is he?

Have I baked and decorated a Christmas cake this year? What do you think? And if you were expecting me to tell you how I achieved baking and decorating the Christmas cake from three years ago – I have no idea! πŸŽ…

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74 thoughts

  1. Great post with your humor of course! I like to bake, but have to fight my hubby these days in the kitchen. I think culinary skills are in our DNA. My DNA precludes me to eating cake and baked goods! Thanks for the shout out to the linkup πŸ™‚


    1. I’ve no idea how I did it. I think it should be one of those great mysteries that nobody can solve. However, I’m hoping that Robbie will post a link to her Christmas cake recipe.

      I shall pass that message on to Toby. πŸ˜€


  2. I have done the very same thing! Not bake a cake obviously, cook a pizza with the bases on. In fact not just one pizza, two at the same time. I shouldn’t be allowed near an oven!


  3. I am sure you were not as bad as you make out to be when it comes to baking cakes. I sounds like they were round and had shape 😊 I really like that cake you got there on the table, and hope you and family enjoyed it. And Toby too.

    I’m not much of a baker. Cook dinner, yes, but baking is another territory altogether. My cakes are always not sweet enough, and turn out so bland! Sweet jam is good to sweeten it, though. And a nice cup of hot chocolate to go with a cake is always nice too 😊


    1. Oh, I don’t know about that, Mabel. My baking has been known to terrify people. I’m usually very good when it comes to coordinating stuff, but when it comes to baking I seem to be like a fish out of the water. If I had to cook Christmas dinner we’d be eating the vegetables about an hour before the turkey is cooked and the Christmas pudding would be ready on New Year’s Day!

      It was a wonderful tasting cake, but the mystery of how I got it to turn out like that and make it taste so good is a mystery that will never be solved. I find that adding honey also helps make things taste sweeter.

      Hot chocolate? πŸ˜‹ Yes please.


      1. Now, Hugh, judging by that cake, you really don’t come across as a bad cook at all and I can’t work out how your presence in the kitchen terrifies people πŸ˜€ You are probably being modest there.

        Two cups of hot chocolate for you, Hugh. With a good sprinkle of cinnamon on top πŸ™‚


    1. It tasted really good, Janice. By the end of Boxing Day, the cake was all gone. But the mystery of how I managed to bake and decorate such a fine cake will always be something of a mystery. Maybe a good case for Davey & Derek to solve? πŸ˜€


      1. I think I would have liked the Babycham and brandy flavouring, Hugh! πŸ™‚ I bet it went quickly – the only time of year I really eat fruit cake is at Christmas, I don’t know why.


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