By now many of you are no doubt in that stress-filled haze of pre-Christmas panic - the one that results from too much shopping and too little eggnog. (Because, seriously, EGGNOG FIXES EVERYTHING.)
So listen, I want you to just sit back, relax, and let allll that holiday stress go. Because this, my friends, is your happy place.
See? LOOK HOW HAPPY:
Is this not the sweetest, artsiest bit of edible quilling you've ever seen? So perfect! Now I want to try quilling again just to make this pattern into next year's Christmas cards.
And speaking of cards, doesn't this remind you of all those vintage-styled pretties - the ones on thick cream paper with embossed lettering?
(By Alliance Bakery)
I think it's all the handpainting; it's just SO perfect it looks printed.
And now, ruffly goodness:
See that pattern on the white? I love that pattern. I want it covered in crystals and made into wrapping paper - which I will then hoard, Smaug-style, along with thousands of rolls of sparkly Christmas ribbon, because I seriously can't stop buying that stuff.
You may have heard that the Three Wise Men brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, but did you know they also brought something a little more festive?
(By Yuma Couture Cakes)
Because it's not a birthday party 'til there are balloons, dangit.
(That silhouette is too, too cool.)
This one makes me hum "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" - and with the right words, even!
That pop of lime green in the middle with the teal is just about the cheeriest thing ever, and I love the dusting of powered sugar snow on the chocolate pinecones. And did you notice this is an anniversary cake? SO SWEET.
This next one is as cozy as your favorite Christmas sweater:
It's also baffling the heck out of me, since I have no idea how the baker did it. She couldn't have individually piped every single "stitch," right? Right?? Please, someone tell me; I may lose sleep over this.
Another handpainted beauty with a vintage vibe:
(Found here, anyone know the baker?)
I'm digging the "snow" dripping off those berries and branches.
And this one manages to be modern and classic at the same time:
Black, white, and sparkly red glitter will never go out of style, people. NEVER.
And don't underestimate the power of a little red accent on a soft gray palette, either:
Airbrushing done right makes me all happy inside.
You know, I've seen a lot of cakes, and I generally pride myself on being able to spot what's edible and what's not. This next one, though? Completely fooled me:
(By Gateaux Inc.)
I thought those were stacked hat boxes, but nope; it's cake, and everything on it is edible. The bells, the silky gold robe, and of course the sheet music sides. Plus the solid side has this gorgeous shimmer you can really only see up close:
And if you thought that was stunning, then hold on to your giant pearly antlers:
(By Cake Heart)
And just like that, blue is my new favorite color.
Well, I hope you enjoyed, my friends, because your happy place is now closing. So get on out there, and go drink some eggnog. [lifting cup] Cheers!
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