5th Cake of Christmas

Yesterday we announced a fabulous KitchenAid Giveaway, just in time for the holidays!   But now it’s time to get back to the cakes.  The holiday inspiration continues with our newest cake series, The 12 Cakes of Christmas!  We’re celebrating twelve days of beautifully festive cakes, created especially to inspire you to holiday greatness!  Twelve talented bakers were asked to create innovative and elegant cake designs appropriate for both Christmas parties and winter weddings.  And along the way, we get an up close look at what inspires this talented group.  It’s 12 bakers baking…. it’s The 12 Cakes of Christmas! 

The fifth cake in our series comes to us from Erica O’Brien, owner of Erica O’Brien Cake Design located in Hamden, CT.  You probably remember Erica from previous features on our site (like this ruffles & lace design or this winter white design).  We’ve been crushing over Erica’s designs for several years now.  And with good reason.  Her refined style and knack for elevating current trends into elegant designs consistently has us gushing.  And today’s cake is no exception.  It’s beyond gorgeous and it’s The 5th Cake of Christmas!

Erica builds on the concept of a DIY Christmas and these oh-so-popular kraft tags to create a serious show-stopper!  A base of snowy white is dressed with traditional mistletoe and white berries.  Creating a wintry scene so elegant, so refined, so perfect for what comes next.  Edible kraft brown gift tags, hanging by a delicate string of gold.  Lightly shaded and stamped with a sentiment meant for Christmas.  Peace.  Love.  Joy.

Ultra tailored and perfectly precise, this little gem lets the simple beauty of the holidays shine through.  And to be honest… it makes my heart skip a few beats!  Oh let us count the reasons to L.O.V.E. this cake!

Erica O’Brien shares a few thoughts about her design:

“My interpretation of the Christmas theme for this cake was pretty literal, so I adorned the three tiers with edible sugar sprays of American mistletoe and winter berries.  I had some metal alphabet stamps from another project, and thought an edible replica of the DIY hang tags that are so popular right now would be a perfect way to to incorporate a DIY nod to Christmas.”

Seriously, those tags are truly incredible!  And definitely worthy of your favorite pin board.  Love the concept.  Love the execution.  Love everything about them!  Let’s steal another look at the entire cake, shall we?

Thank you, thank you to Erica of Erica O’Brien Cake Design for inspiring us with her elegant take on a DIY Christmas.  And to Brooke Allison Photography for the gorgeous images!

I hope you’re loving all of the cakes in The 12 Cakes of Christmas!  If you missed any, you can see them HERE.  And remember that we have an incredible giveaway going on right now.  One lucky reader will win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer for you… and a KitchenAid Hand Blender for your best friend!  If you haven’t taken a moment to enter, now’s the time!  Enter HERE!

Cake : Erica O’Brien
Photography : Brooke Allison Photo
Inspiration Image : Wreath
Inspiration Image : Bottles & Tags

Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel and more.



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