The 8th Cake of Christmas

It’s our third annual holiday series…. The 12 Cakes of Christmas!!  We’re oohing and aahing over twelve marvelous cake designs, created especially for this series!  All brand new, never seen before, and created by some of your favorite bakers!    For our theme this year, we’re taking a moment to reflect on our favorite Christmas memories and traditions.  It’s a feel good month, celebrating the little things that make this season shine bright.  Each of our featured bakers was asked to create a cake based on a classic Christmas tradition.

And now it’s time for cake number eight.  Our eighth cake celebrates a beloved family tradition filled with dancing snowflakes and sugar plum fairies.  A magical night at the ballet where heroic toy soldiers and mischievous mice battle it out amidst gorgeous sets, elaborate costumes and graceful dancers floating on air.  The Eighth Cake of Christmas was inspired by…. the Nutcracker!

Inspired by The Nutcracker | The 8th Cake of Christmas | by Jenna Rae Cakes | #12CakesOfChristmas

The eighth cake in our series comes to us from Jenna Illchuk, owner of Jenna Rae Cakes located in Winnipeg, Canada.  This is Jenna’s first year to join us for our holiday series, but she’s definitely not a newbie when it comes to creating gorgeous cakes!  We fell in love with her mint and gold cake table back in 2012 and we’ve been fans ever since.  Jenna has a style that is soft, feminine and downright fabulous.  With a bottom tier as frilly as a tutu, today’s cake captures the elegance of the ballet and the gorgeous details of the costumes.  An entire tier of vertical ribbons flows as gracefully as satin ties on pointe shoes.  And let’s talk about the sparkle.  You are going to flip over the glittery goodness that Jenna has created!  Tiers of silver sequins shimmer and twinkle like a ballerina gliding across the stage.  While clusters of delicate sugar flowers add that extra pinch of pretty.  It’s absolutely breathtaking!  And it’s The 8th Cake of Christmas!

Inspired by The Nutcracker | The 8th Cake of Christmas | by Jenna Rae Cakes | #12CakesOfChristmas

Jenna of Jenna Rae Cakes shares the inspiration for her design:

“My inspiration for this cake was a night out at the ballet. I think dressing up and heading out into the snow to watch the Nutcracker was such a great Christmas memory for me. I remember the beautiful ballerinas, the sparkly costumes and awe inspiring sets.”

Inspired by The Nutcracker | The 8th Cake of Christmas | by Jenna Rae Cakes | #12CakesOfChristmas

Jenna of Jenna Rae Cakes tells us about her technique:

“I decided to use the ballerinas costumes as inspiration.  The tutus inspired the bottom frilled tier.  The vertical ribbons represent the ballerinas shoes, and the silver sequins represent the sparkle from their beautiful costumes.

I really love how this cake turned out, and I think it beautifully represents the ballet in a subtle way.”

Inspired by The Nutcracker | The 8th Cake of Christmas | by Jenna Rae Cakes | #12CakesOfChristmas

Inspired by The Nutcracker | The 8th Cake of Christmas | by Jenna Rae Cakes | #12CakesOfChristmas

Inspired by The Nutcracker | The 8th Cake of Christmas | by Jenna Rae Cakes | #12CakesOfChristmas

Thank you to Jenna of Jenna Rae Cakes for creating this spectacular design for our Christmas series and inspiring with her amazing silver sequins!  And thanks to Victoria Anne Photography and Ashley Nicole for the gorgeous images.

Tomorrow we move on to The 9th Cake of Christmas!  But first, you may spy a new cupcake recipe coming at you later today….  hang tight.

Cake :  Jenna Rae Cakes
Photography :  Victoria Anne Photography
Styling :  Ashley Nicole
Inspiration Image : Royal Opera House

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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    Beth says

    Oh MY this whole cake is gorgeous!!!! But, those sequins are stunning!!! Please please please do a DIY on how to create those! Pretty please!?! :)

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    Beverley Gilligan says

    These cakes have been stunning and in fact it almost seems a shame that they have to be cut and eaten! But what the heck! Merry Christmas……………ENJOY!

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    Megan says

    Me too, Kristin! I have been searching trying to figure out where to buy or how to make these sequins, with no luck! I would LOVE to know how this was done. Such a beautiful look.

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