9th Cake of Christmas

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 ninth cake in our series comes to us from Anne Heap and her team at Pink Cake Box in New Jersey.  We’ve been fans of Pink Cake Box and Anne’s whimsical style since the beginning of this little cake blog.  And you probably remember some of their amazing cakes we’ve featured in the past (like this trick-or-treater or this Christmas candyland cake from last December).  Well this talented cake shop is back with another fanciful design to make us cheer!  Beautifully rustic and featuring shades of the season… It’s The 9th Cake of Christmas!

Anne and her team at Pink Cake Box build upon the pure beauty of a Christmas tree with rustic burlap and shades of green.  Strips of sugar burlap, intricately textured and perfectly frayed, wrap around each tier.  Simply tied and knotted, highlighting the organic feel of burlap.  It’s cozy.  It’s quaint.  It’s a natural charmer.  And it includes a spectacular bow!  Just like any great present should.  So let’s get on with the festivities and start unwrapping this gift of cake inspiration….

Pink Cake Box gives us the scoop on their inspiration:

“One of the recent holiday decorating trends we love is burlap! (Just head over to Pinterest and search for “burlap holiday” to see all the creative ways to incorporate burlap into your holiday decor.)  For this holiday cake we used two sources of inspiration.  The first was a ruffled red and natural burlap tree skirt from Done Over Decor.  The second source of inspiration was from Kasia’s craft blog, where she created these cute juniper tree place settings tied in burlap with a red and white striped ribbon.   The result was this four tier green ombré cake!  Its rustic whimsy comes out with the assymetrical burlap ties.  The cake is finished off with an extra-large red and white candy cane like ribbon.”

Oh how I love this statement-making bow!  With its candy cane stripes and large loops…. it’s phenomenal!  And the perfect accessory to a burlap covered cake.  Let’s get a closer look, shall we?

Thank you, thank you to Anne Heap and her team at Pink Cake Box for inspiring us with this Rustic Whimsy Christmas Cake.  Not only do they inspire us with their creativity but their dedication.  Somehow they managed to create this gorgeous design during the weeks following Super Storm Sandy.  While many others would have canceled, they still delivered this cake for all of us to enjoy!  And if that’s not inspiring… I’m not sure what is!

Just one last quick note for all of the bakers out there…. did you know there is a Wild Card Spot open in our series!!  The 12th Cake of Christmas is open and up for grabs!  It’s a fun little competition open to any and all bakers who choose to submit a design.  So to all of the talented bakers who read and follow along…. now’s your chance!  Submit your merriest design to be considered.  Your cake may become The 12 Cake of Christmas!!  Email your photos or links to me at carrie@thecakeblog.com by Wednesday Dec 19th.

Cake  :  Pink Cake Box
Inspiration Photo : Juniper Place Settings
Inspiration Photo : Burlap Tree Skirt

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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    I love the burlap. I would love to enter the competition for the 12th cake spot but I just spent three days making a Muppets themed cake for my brother’s birthday and I don’t think I can drag myself back into the kitchen for a couple more days. I’m excited to see what the readers come up with though.

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    Wow; that is a beautiful cake. Thanks for the link back and letting me know- it’s wonderful to see what you did by combining those ideas and making something so original and lovely.

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