Merry Christmas! Magic, Carols, Snowflakes, Mince Pies and Fairy Cakes

Merry Christmas! Magic, Carols, Snowflakes, Mince Pies and Fairy Cakes

Merry Christmas! Magic, Carols, Snowflakes, Mince Pies and Fairy Cakes

Merry Christmas!

Magic, Carols, Snowflakes, Mince Pies and Fairy Cakes

Magical Christmas Fairy Cakes

Magical Christmas Fairy Cakes

Loreena McKennitt – In The Bleak Midwinter

Merry Christmas and a VERY Happy New Year to all my readers!

I have added a link to one of my favourite carols, “In The Bleak Midwinter”, sung by Loreena McKennitt as a small gift to you all!  I hope you enjoy it……..

Loreena McKennitt - In The Bleak Midwinter

Loreena McKennitt – In The Bleak Midwinter: YouTube

Well, the presents have all been bought or made and wrapped, the tree is up and dressed, the fridge is groaning with food and the vegetables are stored outside in the greenhouse as there’s no room in the kitchen. The cake is decorated, the mince pies are made, there’s more cakes stored in vintage tins in the pantry; the cheese is all stored in the boot of the car, again, no room in the fridge and it’s a perfect temperature for cheese as it happens…….there are bowls of clementines and nuts, plus the ubiquitous boxes of figs and dates, all ready for post-lunch snacking. Pickles, chutney and relishes are made and ready for piquant accompaniments to cold cuts, charcuterie and cheese. There may be no snow and the rain seems to beat relentlessly at the window, but it’s cosy and warm and I’m with my family for Christmas. The air is heavy with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and mixed spice………the Christmas tree really does have that “Christmas Tree smell” and old familiar ornaments hang on boughs as they have done for decades. It really is Magic, Carols, Snowflakes, Mince Pies and Fairy Cakes this year, and I am just as excited as I was when I was a little girl. It’s been a roller-coaster of a year……there’s been ups and downs and highs and lows……..but, I feel hopeful that all will be well with the world, and despite Mayan predictions it has not ended yet!

Christmas Carols

Christmas Carols

Christmas Eve is still very magical for me – I love it more than Christmas Day; the anticipation, the clear, cold starry nights along with Christmas carols and candles……church services at Midnight and the traditional rituals of sherry and a mince pie for Santa, it’s all part of this loveliest of eves. It’s an evening of sharing – tables full of home baking with pressed glass bowls of pickled onions, pickled red cabbage and a magnificent York ham. Mince pies the size of saucers, pork pies with eggs, crisp green salad leaves waiting to be anointed with lemony dressing…..crusty bread, soft bread rolls and wedges of mature Cheddar, scented sage marbled cheese and soft curd cheese. Oatcakes, crackers, crisp-breads and blini……smoked salmon, fresh salmon and prawns in lettuce cups……and clouds of cream on mum’s raspberry trifle.

“Whim Wham” ~ A Scottish Regency Trifle

“Whim Wham” ~ A Scottish Regency Trifle

I have shared a couple of recipes below that we shall be making over Christmas and New Year………and so it’s with a big flourish of tinsel, cream, sherry, cranberries and fruit cake that I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a VERY Happy and Healthy New Year! I will see you after Christmas, have a wonderful time……..Karen 

Magical Christmas Fairy Cakes 

Magical Christmas Fairy Cakes

Magical Christmas Fairy Cakes

Whim Wham – A Scottish Regency Trifle

Serves 6
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Allergy Milk, Tree Nuts
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Thanksgiving, Valentines day
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
A simple and delicious trifle that originates from Scotland and the Regency period. The expression Whim Wham originates from the word "whimsy" and means something that is quaint or fanciful, or even frivolous!


  • 75g to 100g sponge cake (or trifle sponge fingers)
  • 4 tablespoons raspberry jam
  • 150ml sweet sherry (or sweet dessert wine)
  • 60ml Scotch whisky
  • 1 orange, juice and zest
  • 225g fresh raspberries
  • 500ml double cream
  • 6 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 50g blanched almonds (lightly toasted)


A simple and delicious trifle that originates from Scotland and the Regency period. The expression Whim Wham originates from the word "whimsy" and means something that is quaint or fanciful, or even frivolous!


Step 1 Half an hour before you plan to serve the Whim Wham, spread the raspberry jam over the sponge cake or sponge fingers and then cut the sponge cake/fingers into small cubes; arrange them in the base of an attractive trifle bowl or large glass serving bowl.
Step 2 Mix the sherry, whisky and orange juice together and pour it over the sponge cake pieces; allow to soak for 30 minutes before scattering the raspberries over the top, leaving some for decoration.
Step 3 Pour the cream into a bowl and add the icing sugar, whip then cream until it holds soft peaks and then spoon the cream over the raspberries, making sure they are all covered.
Step 4 Scatter the remaining raspberries over the cream, as well as the orange zest and then the toasted almonds. Serve immediately, although this can be kept in the fridge after serving for up to 1 day.

Frolicking Fun and Frivolity with "Whim Wham" ~ A Scottish Regency Trifle ~

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Mini Snow Flake Christmas Cakes 

Spiced Mincemeat Meringue Pies

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Christmas Table

Christmas Table

Merry Christmas!



  1. Julie C says

    It all sounds scrumptious and your Christmas table is beautiful. My daughter was wondering what Brits leave for Santa. Now I can tell her. We will be having pork tamales for a traditional Texas Christmas Eve.

    • says

      Thanks Julie and I LOVE the sound of your menu too……very spicy and tasty! I know that Americans leave out cookies and a glass of milk for Santa – we are a little risqué over here, it’s sherry and a mince pie! Merry Christmas and a VERY Happy New Year! Karen

  2. says

    MERRY CHRISTMAS Karen, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas day with lots of fun and laughter with all of your family and friends.
    Although I haven’t commented much lately I’ve been visiting you frequently. You’ve provided such an amazing amount of advice, inspiration, expertise, fun and interest over the last year that I wish you nothing but the best for 2013!
    Let’s hope it will be the best one yet!
    It’s been lovely getting to know you through your blog. Good Luck for the New Year! X

  3. Carolin says

    You have outdone yourself on the snowflake decorations, such a beautiful winter cake idea!
    Hope you had a great Christmas! x

  4. laura jane says

    i have the snowflake cutter but i was unsure how to decorate cakes with it. You’ve given me lots of inspiration 😀 thank you!

  5. Hazel Christopher says

    WOW what a delicious selection of recipes! I must admit I love to bake but having a two year old around my feet I tend to just use more simple recipes at the moment so he can join in. I can’t wait until he’s a little older and can help me with more complicated recipes, I think delicious offerings like this would certainly encourage him to give a hand in the kitchen! :)

  6. Mark Whittaker says

    I loved the idea of the mini Christmas cakes and actually used it this year, but also included some sponge cakes too for those of my family who don;t like fruit. I actually found that not only was it easier to do than one large cake, but also looked much more impressive as a display than I had expected.

  7. Dil Price says

    Absolutely gorgeous Christmas cake, I hope to be as talented in my own cake designs one day! And the matching cupcakes are so cute too!!

  8. Maya Russell says

    The trifle recipe looks nice – might try that one. Doesn’t have to be at Christmas time, does it?!

  9. Dee says

    How beautiful, I love the way you have kept it simple and elegant with the decoration. Sometimes when people make a cake they go way over the top which takes the taste away from the cake but this is lovely. It is one that i will be trying at Christmas to WOW all of my family and friends. Thank you.

  10. Jo Carroll says

    Lovely piece, so inspirational too! I’d love to have a go at the Trifle and the Mini Snow Flake Christmas Cakes – which both look absolutely amazing. I’m starting to feel that Xmas tingly feeling. Happy Xmas and have a fab new year…looking forward to more brilliant posts on your blog. :)

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