Day 9 of our 12 Days of Christmas series and Sarah Lou’s effortless style makes for a seriously stylish festive spread! Here she shares her inspiration and a recipe for her favourite Christmas cake!

12 Days of Christmas | Day 9 | Sarah Louise Kimmer | west elm

“Christmas afternoon is always my favourite – once the gifting & food chaos is out of the way, it’s always a chance to settle. A good walk refreshes the senses & 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 involve cooked fruit which, basically, I don’t like, so I wanted to come up with something wintery & warm that didn’t involve it. 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.”

12 Days of Christmas | Day 9 | Sarah Louise Kimmer | west elm

12 Days of Christmas | Day 9 | Sarah Louise Kimmer | west elm

Winter Spiced Cake with Fig & Poppyseed Buttercream

For the cakes, simply use your favourite sponge recipe & make two batches (I cheat & use Betty Crocker #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


1. Beat the butter until soft. Add half the icing sugar & the fig jam & beat until mixed.
2. Add the remaining icing sugar & sprinkle in poppy seeds. Beat until mixed.
3. If the mixture feels a little stiff, gradually add a little milk until it feels smooth & easily spreadable.
4. To decorate, sprinkle a few extra poppy seeds across the top of the cake & add whole or sliced figs.

12 Days of Christmas | Day 9 | Sarah Louise Kimmer | west elm

12 Days of Christmas | Day 9 | Sarah Louise Kimmer | west elm

12 Days of Christmas | Day 9 | Sarah Louise Kimmer | west elm

Shop the look (US): Weck jars // Belgian Linen Tablecloth

12 Days of Christmas | Day 9 | Sarah Louise Kimmer | west elm

Shop the look (UK): Weck jars // Belgian Linen table cloth

West Elm 12 Days of Christmas Winter Spiced Cake-13

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Sarah Lou is the founder of LapinBlu, a lifestyle blogzine for wild hearts, curious minds & everyday living, featuring edits & stories around the broader topics of creativity, home, family, travel, adventure, & lifestyle. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

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