If there is one thing we enjoy at christmas it is a nice homemade christmas cake. We have been busy preparing and baking our cake ready for this christmas. Last year I prepared our cake about the same time of year and everyone that tasted it said it was very tasty and really enjoyed it.
This year we have been asked to make a cake for other family members as well so we have been busy preparing cakes for them too as well as our own so it is a good job we enjoy baking.
We love to bake our own christmas cake as we think you can not beat homemade cooking, especially at christmas time when you have family visiting it is nice to offer something home-baked.
Ingredients we used
1kg mixed dried fruits
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Zest and juice of 1 orange
You can use any alcohol of your choice we used brandy
200g light soft brown sugar
175g plain flour
100g ground almonds
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
100g flaked almonds
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
How We Made It
We started off making our christmas cake by pre-heating the oven to 130c, we then added the dry fruit, butter, sugar and brandy in a large saucepan, set over a medium heat, we then brought it to boil, we then lowered the heat and left it simmering for about 5 minutes.
While the fruit was simmering we double lined a cake tin with grease proof paper.
After the fruit mix had been simmering for about 5 minutes we tipped it into a large bowl and left it to cool for about half an hour.
Once the fruit mix had cooled off we then added the rest of the ingredients stirring the ingredients in well, we then put the mix into our tin, covered with grease proof paper and tied with string to keep it covered, then placed it into the oven for 2 hours.
Once the cake had been in the oven for 2 hours we removed it and allowed it to cool off, we poked holes in it with skewers to make pockets for when we add our alcohol.
We will be adding alcohol to our cake by pouring over two table spoons of brandy every fortnight. We have wrapped our cake in cling film, we will be icing our cake and decorating it a week before christmas.
This is our adults only cake due to the alcohol in the cake, we will bake a separate cake for the kid’s nearer christmas.
We are still thinking on a theme for our cake this year. Do you bake your own christmas cake ?
Yesterday was my birthday and I had such a lovely day, I went shopping with Bradley as I wanted to get a new outfit for our night out Saturday and Bradley said he needed to get some ingredients for a cake he wanted to make for me called Mums chocolate delight cake, so we had a fun afternoon shopping.
Bradley made me this beautiful cake and it had my two favorite ingredients, chocolate and strawberries.
He said he wants to call this cake mum’s chocolate delight cake as it has my two favorite ingredients.
I can say that this cake is extremely tasty, chocolate and strawberries how can you go wrong, naughty but very very nice.
Ingredients used for the cake are
200 g Self raising flour
25 g Cocoa powder
4 Large eggs
225 g Caster sugar
225 g Unsalted butter
1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
1 tsp Baking powder
2 tbs strawberry jam
1 punnet of strawberries
icing sugar to dust
ready made chocolate fudge icing
Preheated the oven to 180 c
Grease the cake tins, then line with grease proof paper
Sift the flour and cocoa powder into a large bowl
Add the eggs, caster sugar, butter, vanilla extract and baking powder
mix with an electric hand whisk for a few minutes until well mixed
Divide evenly between the two tins
Bake for 35-40 minutes
Leave to cool
Bradley then used 2 tbs of strawberry jam to spread over the bottom layer of the cake, half of punnet of strawberries chopped and laid them over the jam, then used the ready made chocolate fudge to put on top of the strawberries.
Using chocolate and strawberries my two favorite ingredients it was then dusted with icing sugar to finish
The most secret ingredient in this cake is lots of love.
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