Christmas Cake [Part One]

So I’ve been meaning to get around to making my Christmas cake for a few weeks and finally found some time today. I was worried that I had left it too late but one of my friends mentioned that Sunday was actually the perfect day to make my cake because it was ‘Stir up Sunday’. This is a tradition that dates back to Victorian times when family members would gather together to stir the Christmas pudding and make a wish five weeks before Christmas (five weeks?! Blimey, I need to go shopping…).

Anyway, whilst Stir up Sunday traditionally applies to Christmas puddings I’m going to tell myself that it also applies to cakes and therefore I’m not behind, I’m perfectly on time with Christmas prep. In the kitchen at least…

I used a Mary Berry recipe from the GBBO Christmas book. Make sure you get yourself organised as the recipe requires you to soak the dried fruit in brandy for three days before baking the cake.

You will need a very large bowl for this as by the time all of the ingredients are in there’s a lot of mixture! I found the mixture to be a bit dry so I added a bit of brandy to the mix (can’t have too much booze!) to loosen it up a bit.

The recipe calls for the cake to be in the oven for 4-4.5 hours but I found that mine was done within 3 hours and 45 minutes. Everyone’s oven is different so keep an eye on your cake- when a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean your cake is done.

I’m so excited that my cake is finally done! I’m just letting it cool in the tin before feeding it for the next few weeks so that it’s lovely and boozy for the big day! I’ll post part 2 once I’ve decorated it.

Happy Baking!


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Katherine Wagg

I'm Katherine and I love to bake! Cakes are my favourite but I love a challenge and trying new things. I hope you enjoy my blog. Happy Baking!

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