Brendan’s Streetlamp Christmas Cake

Brendan's Streetlamp Christmas CakeThis is a Christmas cake design that I have wanted to do for ages. It comprises a number of elements some of which need to be made well in advance. For example, the cantilevered, run-out top needs 4 days to dry out thoroughly if it is to survive being lifted from the paper onto the cake – always the nerve-wracking part as it can crack easily. Makes sense to have a back-up spare but I didn’t have time – and fortunately it worked! The lamp standard is made up of 5 parts and iced together to form the 2-dimensional housing for the ‘candle’.

The cake is 12” diameter with the board larger than that to accommodate the lower design. Intend to develop these designs in 2013 for special occasion cakes, but for friends only as they are time consuming to create! The cake inside has predominant flavours of dates, lemon and fresh ginger, which is a refreshing change from rich fruit cake.

8 Responses to “Brendan’s Streetlamp Christmas Cake”

  1. jackie doran
    December 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    That looks amazing Brendan, wish I could taste a bit :)

  2. December 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Beautiful cake! Flavours sound lovely

  3. December 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    flipdidoodah! What a tres posh and fab cake! Reckon I could probably manage to emulate the ribbon and bow….

  4. Arlene
    December 30, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Hello Brendan,

    Wishing you a belated merry Christmas. I wish I had seen your cake design before I made my cakes, even though I doubt I could reproduce it to the same standard. it looks absolutely fabulous and I cant wait for an excuse to have a go at making the lamp, what a clever idea.

    I look forward to seeing more of your designs in 2013.

    Happy new year.

    Arlene x

    • brendan
      December 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

      thanks for the compliments Arlene. I appreciate it. Have a great New Year. Brendan

  5. January 3, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Simply stunning, Brendan.

  6. Eddie K
    January 11, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Hi Brendan,
    Totally fab cake, I really wish that I could bake to your standard! The street lamp design is stunning!

    I am relatively new to baking and would love to come along to one of your courses which is the best for a beginner?

    Wishing you all the best

    Eddie K

    • brendan
      January 11, 2013 at 9:02 am #

      Hi Eddie. Thank you for the lovely compliments which I appreciate. I would love to pass on my skills to you on one of the courses. The best way of learning is by demostration. The best course to start with is ‘Brilliant Baking’ for pastries but these are full booked up till May. Then there will be a new list available. The courses are run in Catton Hall which is very near Lichfield. Let me know if you have any difficulty. Looking forward to meeting you at some point in the near future. Hugs Brendan

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