Christmas cake

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  1. DaveyR

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    Today I made my first ever Christmas cake. So far it has turned out wonderfully. It will need "feeding" regularly with brandy and cherry brandy for a few weeks then it will be ready to decorate. I've always bought them in the past but decided to try making my own this year. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

    Do you make your own Christmas cake? Do you have any tips for icing and decorating it?
     
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    I do make my own Christmas cake every year.
    I macerate my dried fruit in brandy in the fridge for up to two weeks before making the cake.
    I decorate the top before baking with pecans and red Glace cherries. I normally sit a loose piece of tin foil over the top to stop them burning during the 3 hour cooking time.
    When the cake is cooked and still warm I feed the cake with warmed Drambuie and then store it in the fridge (cake and the tropical heat don't mix) and will feed it once a week with a little more Drambuie.
     
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    I wager this is a UK thing. I don't know what Christmas cake is. We did have plum pudding with hard sauce when I was a kid. It tasted awful. I hope that's not what you're making. I also hope you're not making fruit cake. That stuff is indestructible, much less digestible.

    I think you need to explain what this is.
     
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    It is a fruit cake yes. Once matured and fed regularly with the liqueur of your choice it is covered in marzipan then icing and decorated festively.Here is an example.
     
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    Do you know what Christmas Cake means in Japan?
     
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    No idea at all :confused::confused:
     
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    Clue...Me before I met you!
     
  8. D_Bob_Crotchitch

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    With the holidays approaching, let me remind you, FRIENDS DON'T GIVE FRIENDS FRUITCAKE! Give them the booze instead. hehehe
     
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