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Christmas Cake - have you cut into yours?

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Puzzler61 Sun 27-Dec-20 09:17:48

If you made your own Christmas Cake have you cut it yet and are you pleased with it?
If so, I’d be grateful if you can tell me whose recipe you followed?
Mary Berry? Delia Smith?
I’ve decided I will definitely make my own cake next year as our ‘luxury’ shop bought one is so disappointing.

maryrose54 Sun 27-Dec-20 09:24:36

Morning Puzzler. I use Delia Smiths recipe and it always turns out well. We haven't cut into it yet though as too many other goodies to eat.!

Puzzler61 Sun 27-Dec-20 09:33:36

Morning and Thank you maryrose . 👍

Septimia Sun 27-Dec-20 09:56:44

Haven't cut ours yet as we're too full up with everything else!

I use my mum's recipe. I put the margerine (or butter), sugar, fruit etc in a saucepan and bring it to the boil for a few minutes. When it's cooled I add the flour and other ingredients before baking in the oven. The result is a nice moist cake.

Dorsetcupcake61 Sun 27-Dec-20 09:59:28

For the first time in years I made my own. It was a simple boiled fruit cake recipe I have in an old freezer book. I'm not overkeen on citrus fruit /currants so changed the fruit to sultanas,dried cherries,jewel fruits,apricots and cranberries. It's not as rich as a traditional cake but tastes absolutely lovely.,beautifully moist. Another advantage is I can portion and freeze and enjoy over coming months!

Puzzler61 Sun 27-Dec-20 10:00:42

Thank you Septimia. I think it’s lovely to hand down recipes. (unfortunately my mum didn’t enjoy baking)
I hope it’s delish.

timetogo2016 Sun 27-Dec-20 10:00:56

We don`t like christmas cake ,dh likes his black forest gateau and mince pies.

Puzzler61 Sun 27-Dec-20 10:03:54

We had a Black Forest chocolate roulade from Aldi for DH and he really enjoyed it with cream as a pud.

Urmstongran Sun 27-Dec-20 10:04:57

I can’t be bothered faffing baking & icing.
I buy a Genoa cake from Sainsburys. 2 slices each and done!
Sorted.
#lazygran
😊

Gelisajams Sun 27-Dec-20 10:05:59

Can I show my ignorance Dorsetcupcake what are jewel fruits? Your recipe looks much more to my taste than the traditional recipe.🌸

Puzzler61 Sun 27-Dec-20 10:18:39

Yes, please would you mind sharing your recipe Dorsetcc.
You could photograph the recipe and upload to a post?

Urmstongran we like the Genoa slab cakes too. DH likes a slice with a cuppa. 🙂

Lovetopaint037 Sun 27-Dec-20 10:19:22

The last two years I made our Christmas cake using Lydll’s fruit in brandy which contains a lovely variety of fruit with sultanas as the main ingredient with apricots etc. I used Delia’s recipe as a guide to amounts replacing all her dried ingredients with the Lydll fruit. Then added other things such as almonds etc. The results have been far more succulent and delicious than Delia’s original recipe as for one thing I find it contains too many currants and not enough sultanas. However, this year since I have avoided supermarkets I wasn’t able to get my usual from Lydll. I tried to replicate it and soaked all in brandy. We have yet to try it but hope to do so later on today.

Callistemon Sun 27-Dec-20 10:22:12

No, we haven't

I have got as far as icing it yet, although it has been marzipanned. There's no point in icing it now.

Callistemon Sun 27-Dec-20 10:22:32

Haven't iced it!

grannybuy Sun 27-Dec-20 10:24:39

I've cut mine. I also made one for DD and family, and I got a text from SIL yesterday saying, " great cake ". I was really pleased, so tried mine. It's good. Last year, I started using Nigella's recipe, and it's better than the one I used previously.

Callistemon Sun 27-Dec-20 10:24:59

I used Delia's recipe as a guide plus Mary Berry's Victorian Christmas cake recipe and tweaked them .

I agree, there are too many currants in Delia's so I adjusted the ratios of fruit.

Puzzler61 Sun 27-Dec-20 10:33:14

It’s never too late to ice it Callistemon, even if it’s just rough “snow” icing (more calories though 😉).

I prefer sultana’s to currants but am not a fan of these ‘super’ large ones. Also like red cherries - but brown ones that seem more popular now?

Puzzler61 Sun 27-Dec-20 10:33:55

One vote for a Nigella recipe. Interesting. I didn’t think of her.

Puzzler61 Sun 27-Dec-20 10:34:16

Thanks grannybuy

Callistemon Sun 27-Dec-20 10:39:26

Puzzler DH is disappointed but I told him it's just extra calories tchgrin

It's never anything other than rough 'snow' in this house. I am not an expert cake icer.

HAZBEEN Sun 27-Dec-20 10:43:49

I use the Bero recipe always have done. I might have overdone the brandy feeding this year though!
We cut into ours last night and OH gave it a thumbs up with a mouthful of crumbs so maybe it wasn't too bad!

Dorsetcupcake61 Sun 27-Dec-20 11:01:42

Gelisajams I hadn't heard of them either until spotted on online shop! They are by Whitworths. I just checked to see what was in them but dont have in stock! Probably cranberries, cherries. They do look pretty in the cake. I also put some dates in! Although kept to quantities the mix was quite random!

BBbevan Sun 27-Dec-20 11:05:59

I didn’t make a cake this year as DH is not keen and I am reversed diabetic. Sadly I have been eating cold Christmas pudding in lieu

BigBertha1 Sun 27-Dec-20 11:22:31

I always use Delia but increase the spices and nuts. Our is lovely we both had a small piece but both discarded the icing and marzipan (!!) it was very moist - just a vehicle for the brandy really.

Gelisajams Sun 27-Dec-20 11:25:28

Thanks Dorsetcupcake will look out for them. 🌸