It seems such a long time ago now that Teri from The Lovely Drawer emailed us about a seasonal collaboration with West Elm, but the months have rolled around fast, and here we are on the 9th Day of Christmas!
And here I am with my contribution to the ‘12 Styled Days of Christmas’ challenge…
The Christmas table brings to mind warmth & food, so I wanted to create a feeling that reflected this away from the traditional lunch or dinner…a comforting treat as you warm up after the post lunch blast of fresh air in the outdoors, perhaps.
Christmas afternoon is always my favourite – once the gifting & food chaos is out of the way, it’s a chance to settle. A good walk refreshes the senses, and then it’s time for cocoa & cake, a snooze, & (hopefully) a spot of good Christmas TV.
I love Christmas lunch, but so many other seasonal treats seem to involve cooked fruit or nuts (which I don’t much care for). I wanted to come up with something wintery & warm that didn’t involve either, and this cake seemed to fit the bill perfectly…
For my winter styled table, I used a selection of weck glass jars as candle votives & pushed sprigs of rosemary around the candles for a touch of greenery. I chose the Belgian Linen Table Cloth in Midnight to cover the table, and (although I forgot to add it in because I was too busy drinking the cocoa from it (!)) these mugs by one of my favourite makers, Atelier Stella, are wonderful.
Additionally, I used a few items of my own; I mixed gathered greenery & bought florals for the cake & table, an extra linen tablerunner from H&M, plates from Ikea, vintage cutlery, and a little gift wrap from Ruth Holly (which you may well recognise from my previous post).
And here’s the recipe for my Winter Spiced Cake with Fig & Poppyseed Buttercream…
Winter Spiced Cake
\\ For the cakes, simply use your favourite sponge recipe & make two batches (I cheat & use Betty Crocker’s Victoria Sponges #timepoor!)
Add 3 teaspoons of mixed spice to each batch.
\\ Once cooked, slice off the risen tops of the cakes to create flat surfaces.
\\ Layer the cakes with the buttercream, it doesn’t matter if it overflows as you layer – simply smooth any excess buttercream around the sides & top with a flat knife to create the naked cake effect.
Fig & Poppyseed Buttercream
• 250g softened butter
• 500g icing sugar
• 4 dessert spoons fig jam
• sprinkle of poppy seeds
• splash of milk
\\ Beat the butter until soft. Add half the icing sugar & the fig jam & beat until mixed.
\\ Add the remaining icing sugar & sprinkle in poppy seeds. Beat until mixed.
\\ If the mixture feels a little stiff, gradually add a little milk until it feels smooth & easily spreadable.
To decorate, sprinkle a few extra poppy seeds across the top of the cake & add whole or sliced figs. Enjoy!
Find more Christmas table inspiration & all the’12 Styled Days of Christmas’ contributions via Teri’s blog, on Front+Main with West Elm, or search #kindredspirits
You can also visit fellow contributors below:
A Quiet Style \\ Apartment Apothecary \\ Cate St. Hill \\ Fall for DIY \\ Gathered Cheer \\ Growing Spaces \\ Little Big Bell \\ Lobster & Swan \\ Lotts & Lots \\ Made by Molu
Disclosure: Contributors were provided with a gift card c/o West Elm to select items with which to style our tables. All content, opinion & images are my own.