We Should Cocoa Christmas special, 32 bold bakers rallied to the cry. Unsurprisingly Christmas baking took centre stage. I just love, love, love the wonderful assortment of festive cakes, tarts, desserts, chocolates, muffins and so many delightful biscuits that have been inspired by that most excellent of spices, cinnamon.
I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those that have supported We Should Cocoa tin 2012, either by hosting, entering or commenting. Without you all, this challenge would not exist.
Christmas drinking chocolate popsicles. These are such a great idea and are perfect for Christmas gifts. Each year I plan make some, but I haven't managed it yet.
choc-ful Christmas muffins which, of course, included cinnamon. In making them she got to use her super new red mixing bowl, Christmas platter and muffin carrying case. Lucky thing.
chocolate covered mulled wine marshmallows for Christmas. These have got to be pure heaven in my book and are made by Becky of Mintcustard in an attempt to cheer herself up after being rather horribly ill.
Cinnalate, a banana, chocolate and cinnamon loaf which looks really tasty.
Christmas wreath cookies which look stunning with their wonderfully contrasting colours.
Cinnamon Hot Chocolate from Elizabeth of The Law Student's Cookbook. This one has vanilla as an addition which I'm now keen to try.
warming spice cookies made by Jill of Tales of Pigling Bland have only added to my desire to obtain a copy. Though I think her addition of cherry brandy and chilli chocolate can only have improved them.
chocolate cinnamon parfait by the Nutty Tart is a brilliant idea for a make-ahead dinner party dessert. It incorporates a rather clever method of pasteurising the egg yolks that I've not come across before.
white chocolate and raspberry tart cleverly makes use of a cinnamon crust.
Christmas Mazurka, just the thought of it makes me want to get up and dance. Quite why it has this name remains a mystery, but what a brilliant bake for Christmas. Thanks to Lucy of The KitchenMaid for another excellent recipe.
cinnamon stars were a great success and I think I shall be making these for years to come.
chocolate glazed gingercakes, but I would be delighted to indulge in one.
chocolate dipped cinnamon balls for Christmas gifts this year and can confirm they are delicious.
cinnamon biscuits sandwiched with a chocolate water ganache, so not nearly as fatty a biscuit as you might imagine.
chocolate cinnamon rolls - it's good to have some yeast bakery included. I know these are divine because I made some myself a while back.
cinnamon and ginger chocolate balls are made with dates and mixed nuts and sound delicious.
cinnamon, coffee and chocolate muffins have a wonderful secret chocolate centre.
West Indies chocolate tart from Eric Lanlard's Tart it Up looks and sounds an absolute delight.
gingerbread house for Christmas complete with gingerbread men to live inside it.
spiced cranberry and chocolate chip cookies look utterly scrummy which is no surprise as they come from Michelle of Utterly Scrummy Food for Families.
quick and easy speculoos & mascarpone pancake cake was just what was needed in the run up to Christmas when we are all short of time and I think I'm inclined to agree.
chocolate and cinnamon bejeweled Christmas bundt cake is a particularly fine specimen and comes from the highly creative Homemade by Fleur.
Nutella-filled cinnamon sugar muffins had me drooling at the very thought. I have a weakness for cinnamon doughnuts and these muffins made by Natalie of HungryHinny sound even more appealing - they look pretty fabulous too.
chocolate-cinnamon crackle tops over at Mainly Baking where you might just end up staying a few hours as there are so many excellent bakes to peruse there.
cinnamon cocoa was enjoyed by the lovely Hannah of Corner Cottage Bakery in the quiet of Christmas Eve.
chocolate and chestnut torte rounded off the Christmas day meal at Elizabeth's Kitchen. I am a big fan of chocolate and chestnuts, but I reckon this torte sitting on a base of buttered nuts, must be one of the best.
Christmas chai inspired cupcakes with chocolate buttercream from Caroline of Cake Crumbs and Cooking.
Christmas Buche de Noel. Cinnamon extract is the secret ingredient here, not something I've come across before so I am duly intrigued.
chocolate and chestnut spiced loaf.
little spiced chocolate Christmas tree cakes.
cinnamon, oat and chocolate chip pancakes have me wanting to invite myself along for breakfast.