I'll be Home For Christmas Cake

by Maria Hartwich
( Ballarat, Australia)




I named this particular cake "I'll be home for Christmas" because it reminds me of someone who is waiting for their loved one to come home for Christmas.


I am actually very new to working with fondant. This particular one is my 6th fondant project. I have always enjoyed art and was hoping one day I would become an artist but I had children young and that dream had soon disappeared.

I have always enjoyed baking and designing for my family and friends. A couple of months ago I learned how to make fondant. I made my first fondant design and thought that it was really enjoyable. It's much easier to get the results you want. Everyone was amazed and asked me to do more.

This particular cake was made for a mother who's daughter attended my twin son's birthday party. She was so amazed that she asked me to make a Christmas one for her and her family. She sent me an email of what she wanted and my creation began.

With the poinsettia fondant flowers I drew and cut out of paper 3 different sized leaves. I then imprinted them with rose leaves from my rose bush. I let the leaves dry and then built them up with fondant.

For the pine garland, I used a very small centimeter wide spatula to make many thin marks to look like pine needles. I used a real candle and molded the fondant around it and made a holder. I thought it would be nice to use a candle so it could be lit to have more of a realistic effect.

The letters are fonts I printed and cut out. With the holly leaves I also drew and cut out and used as a template. The cake took me about 10 days to design and complete. I was very nervous about making the Bible. I had never made a book before, but I found it quite easy to do.

I started with the binder. I cut out a rectangle and folded it like a book. I then cut out 10 smaller rectangles to look like pages. I painted the edges with gold pedal dust. I also sprinkled gold petal dust on the leaves and garland.

I prepared everything as much as I could before I baked the cake and put the fondant on. It took 3 full days to get everything on it the way I wanted.

It is a homemade chocolate with buttercream icing and marshmallow fondant. I used a 9x9 square pan. I like to make everything with the resources I have. I don't like to go out and buy things If I know I can make it myself. So I made my own cake decorating patterns for my I'll Be Home For Christmas cake. It gave me great joy to create this and I hope it gives you great joy also.

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Jan 01, 2011
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Amazing Cake
by: Anonymous

I really enjoyed reading your story. I'm amazed this is only your 6th cake. I can't wait to see what your like when you've done 20. Good job!!!

Jan 02, 2011
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wonderful
by: Anonymous

your cake is really wonderful..i wish you could make me a cake also..happy new year and goodluck to you

Jan 02, 2011
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Wow
by: Anonymous

Beautiful cake!

Jan 02, 2011
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Wow
by: Anonymous

Beautiful cake!

Jan 02, 2011
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Wow!
by: Anonymous

That is amazing, looks so yummy and well designed!! Love it

Jan 02, 2011
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Wonderful Cake
by: hayes

It's great cake for Christmas its yummy,and elegant looking. You should make more cakes! Very creative! Great job. I Hope you can make me a cake one day.

Jan 02, 2011
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Totally amazing!
by: Francis Anton

Wow! Now that is the kind of cake I would want to have for CHRISTmas! It's very inviting and looks really yummy! The style is really excellent!

Jan 02, 2011
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Nice one
by: Anonymous

I love cake,this one is great,I hope I can taste it yummmmmmmy

Jan 02, 2011
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Very Impressive Cake
by: Lorelie

Thank you Maria for your wonderful cake. I am very impressed with your DIY ideas. Great tips and story. The poinsettias are beautiful!!!I see you have a lot of fans as well!!!

Jan 02, 2011
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IT looks REAL!
by: Anonymous

The flowers and the greenery look so realistic you would think you could actually touch and feel the real thing. What a great job for only your 6th fondant cake! You can definitely see the artist in you. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 03, 2011
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The cake
by: Ian Ian Anonymous

Fantastic!!! what a great cake

Jan 03, 2011
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Christmas Cake
by: Anonymous

This cake looks fantastic. I look forward to seeing more of your creations.

Jan 04, 2011
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fantastic
by: Anonymous

WOW Maria how cool is that cake it is amazing Well done !!!! hope you win

Jan 05, 2011
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Awesome
by: Matt

Great cake! Makes the table come alive, and gives off an awesome Christmas vibe! Really adds to the festive feeling. Looking forward to seeing a lot more of your inner creativity, that brings joy to all who see your cakes :0).

Jan 16, 2011
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beautiful cake maria
by: Anonymous

this is a very nice cake..it looks so pretty and delicious!!

Jan 16, 2011
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Excellent
by: Jan

This really shows you have a gift for this work of art. Do hope you get lots more to do. It certainly shows you have a passion and lots of patience for this work.

Jul 26, 2012
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Spectacular
by: Anonymous

Gorgeous Cake!!!

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