The 4th 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.

We’re wrapping up the week with cake number four.  Our fourth cake celebrates the focal point of our living rooms and the place where we draw our family close.  The perch that we happily decorate year after year, adding a touch of coziness to our homes and cheer to our hearts.  From stockings and vases to a touch of snow, we style it up pretty and watch it glow.  The Fourth Cake of Christmas was inspired by…. the fireplace mantle!

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The fourth cake in our series comes to us from Rachael Teufel, owner of Intricate Icings Cake Design in Erie, Colorado.  We’ve been loving on Rachael’s cakes for years and we’re thrilled that she’s back for a second run in our Christmas series.  Rachael has such an elegant style and a unique flair when it comes to trends.  She can take a trend and translate it into a fabulous cake design that’s exquisite and not at all “trendy”.  She’s been on the front end of fabulous things like glitter, pom poms, burlap and dress-inspired cakes.  Birds, billy balls and favorite things.  I can’t even begin to recap them all, so I’ll just hit you with a link and let you browse through all of her features here on the blog.  So it comes as no surprise that today’s cake is down right gorgeous and includes a home decor style that is soon to be the next cake trend!  Mercury glass!  It’s time for The 4th Cake of Christmas!

Inspired by Christmas Mantles  |  The 4th Cake of Christmas by Intricate Icings  #12CakesOfChristmas

Rachael of Intricate Icings Cake Design shares the inspiration behind her design:

“When I think about my favorite Christmas traditions, decorating the mantle is high on my list… right after baking cookies and trimming the tree.  My inspiration for this cake is a snowy pine cone wreath filled with red cardinals and glass ornaments, as well as a stunning mercury glass vase with white florals and silver tinsel.  I combined elements of both inspiration pieces to create this simply stated cake that is full of details.”

Inspired by Christmas Mantles  |  The 4th Cake of Christmas by Intricate Icings  #12CakesOfChristmas

Inspired by Christmas Mantles  |  The 4th Cake of Christmas by Intricate Icings  #12CakesOfChristmas

Rachael of Intricate Icings Cake Design  tells us about her technique:

“The base of this cake was created by texturing a modeling chocolate panel that was then coated in silver leaf transfer sheets to give the shimmering effect of Mercury glass.  I also used silver leaf on thin wires to create the look of tinsel.  The pine cones were made from modeling chocolate and sprayed with luster to give the texture of snow.  I hand sculpted the cardinal and added hand painted details to bring him to life.”

Inspired by Christmas Mantles  |  The 4th Cake of Christmas by Intricate Icings  #12CakesOfChristmas

Inspired by Christmas Mantles  |  The 4th Cake of Christmas by Intricate Icings  #12CakesOfChristmas

Inspired by Christmas Mantles  |  The 4th Cake of Christmas by Intricate Icings  #12CakesOfChristmasInspired by Christmas Mantles  |  The 4th Cake of Christmas by Intricate Icings  #12CakesOfChristmas

Inspired by Christmas Mantles  |  The 4th Cake of Christmas by Intricate Icings  #12CakesOfChristmas

Absolutely spectacular!  Thank you to Rachael of Intricate Icings for creating this incredible Christmas cake.  And for sharing her tips and techniques with us… Not only is Rachael a talented designer but a gifted teacher and Craftsy Instructor.  I’ve personally watched and learned from her incredible Craftsy class.  So I know you’ll be excited to hear that she has created PDF tutorials for the pine cones and the silver leaf shown on this design.  You can find them in her Facebook storefront.

As we wrap up the week, I just have to remind you one last time.  Today is the LAST DAY to enter our fabulous KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway!  One lucky reader will win a top of the line, 7 quart KitchenAid!  This mixer is begging to be in your kitchen…  Enter to Win Now!!

VENDORS & CREDITS
Cake :  Intricate Icings Cake Design
Photography :  Shalynne Imaging
Pine Cones & Silver Leaf Tutorials : Intricate Icings Storefront
Inspiration Photo :  Midwest Living via Two Inspire Design

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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