Christal’s Cakes N Bakes for the Hoildays (Blogmas Day 17)

Christmas time is here and it is one of my favorite holidays.  It’s not just a time when you get gifts, but it is also a time to enjoy family, friends, and FOOD!  Who doesn’t enjoy or yearn for all those things?

This Christmas one of my closest friends gave me the special gift of posting a guest blog here on PassionLocked.  Let me say first that I want to thank you for this opportunity to share my Christmas joy as well as my business on your blog (:

My name is Christal and I am a self-taught home baker located in Atlanta, Ga.  You can follow me on Instagram @christalscakesnbakes or contact me on Facebook at




I absolutely enjoy baking.  What I love most about it is that I teach myself everything from measuring to modeling as well as sculpting to decorating.  Today I came to share with you all an easy Sugar Cookie Recipe that will leave you looking like the baddest pastry chef (: So let’s just jump right into it!!

Christmas Sugar Cookies

1 (16.5 oz) Pillsbury Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough

¼ to ½ cup of All Purpose Flour (*see note)

*flour amount depends on how you want your texture


4 Cups Powdered Sugar

2 Tbsp Meringue Powder

1 Tsp Vanilla

½ cup hot water

Gel icing colors

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and thaw cookie dough until room temperature.

Step 2: In a large bowl combine the cookie dough and flour until you reach the proper consistency needed to be able to roll with a rolling pin or canned good.

Step 3:  Roll out sugar cookie dough about ¼ of an inch (cookies will spread when baking) and with a cookie cutter cut out your cookies.

Step 4: Place cookies on cookie sheet and cookie for about 8-9 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.

Step 5: Combine all icing ingredients until fully combined and smooth.  Separate icing into however many bowls for however many colors you are making. (extra hot water may be needed to fine proper icing consistency)

Step 6: With a icing piping bag or a fine tip squeeze bottle carefully icing the cookies designing them in any way you like.  Allow to cool after icing for about 30 minutes


I hope that you all enjoyed this simple sugar cookie recipe.  I hope that I was able to help you all out in the kitchen with those holiday desserts.

I absolutely enjoyed being a guest blogger here on PassionLocked and I hope that I will be able to share more post with you all in the future.

If you are in the Atlanta area and in need of a beautiful, reasonably priced and delicious cake, cupcakes or anything sweet please don’t hesitate to hit me up @christalscakesnbakes or or email me at



Thanksgiving Cake Made by Me !!!


So Thanksgiving was this week and I have enjoyed my time off work relaxing, chilling with family and eating good food. Speaking of good food- Baking a cake from scratch is an item listed on my Holiday Bucket List. So the day before Thanksgiving, I decided to spent my day baking. It literally took all day. I applaud all the bakers in the world, it is alot of work. At first I set out to make a 3 layer red velet cake, 24 red velvet cupcakes and cake pops. High achiever righhoilday-caket! Let’s just say things did not go as planned. I only made one 2 layer red velevt cake. Baking is a lot of work and I wasnt prepared for all of it. After making the batter just right and whipping up the icing as well, I had no motivation to make cupcakes or cake pops.

Overall, I think my cake turned out okay. I use a Ziploc bag to make my top layer icing decor. I’m a real AMATEUR at this baking stuff but at least I tired. My family loved my cake along with the other 2 red velvet cakes at the dinner table made by my cousin that was no competition to mine. My family is so supportive.


I hope you all had a great thanksgiving filled with family, love, and giving! I think it’s about time I go heat up my thanhsgiving leftovers,cut me a slice of the red velvet cake, and watch the Netflix orginal season of Gilmore Girls for the afternoon. TTYL ❤Logo Headline