Saturday, 22 December 2012

Christmas Cake and Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas

Christmas Day is in less than 48 hours.

But Christmas isn't just about one day. It's about a very special time of year.

It's about eating Advent Calendar chocolates for breakfast. It's sitting on freezing cold train platforms criss crossing the country looking forward to seeing friends and family. It's about novel ways with left over turkey. Its about wearing the exact same Christmas jumper for five days running. It's Deck the Halls and Ding Dong Merrily. It's obscenely large box of chocolates eaten all in one go. It's spending more time working out the instructions to the new board game than time spent actually playing it. Its about long walks in new scarves. It's figuring out what on earth to do on New Years Eve. Its roaring fires and fancy cocktails. It's lovingly wrapping and hurriedly, excitedly unwrapping. It's tradition, laughter and kindness. It's spending time with those most important. 

What is Christmas for you? However and with whomever you celebrate, have a very, very Merry Christmas. 

This year I've baked two Christmas Cakes. See below for why.

The first is a mini six-inch Delia-inspired classic rich fruit cake. The second, a larger, lighter almond and apricot cake inspired by this recipe from Good Food Magazine. 

Both have just a top layer of marzipan and fondant icing and will be decked with boughs of holly pretty, fancy ribbon. 

Baker's notes...

  • It can be helpful to practice creating your design on the base of the cake tin: 

                             Shaker - Flint  Measuring Scoop Set - White
Photos above courtesy of The Garden Trading Company

  • This month's Random Recipes blogging challenge, hosted by the splendid Dom from Belleau Kitchen  is: 'My Christmas Gift'. This involves randomly selecting a recipe from a cookbook received last Christmas. This time last year I luckily received bought myself Delia's 'Christmas' and the book fell open on her Christmas Cake recipe...which is why there are two Christmas Cakes baked this year!  
Random Recipes #23 - December


  1. Lovely cakes! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and look forward to your blog in 2013

  2. Wow! This is so pretty & festive! Merry Xmas to you & enjoy the holiday season, Kate! :)

  3. very festive and sorry (i think) for making you bake 2 cakes... it must be a dreadful hardship... thanks for entering this month, it is greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful chrimbo xx

  4. Really lovely and festive! Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2013. :) x

  5. Lovely cakes. I think what I like best is how Christmas changes as you grow up. When I was young it was all about the presents, then presents and food. Now, I really don't care about the presents but the people and spending quality time with them. And good food, of course!

    Happy Christmas!

  6. What a treat, making not one but two Christmas cakes. I for one would love to try out both but I also plumped for a Delia one, her Creole Xmas cake which is really good. I love the baking at this time of the year, with all the spices and liqueurs and exotic fruits and nuts.
    I hope you have a very Happy Christmas and New Year! xx

  7. Beautifully decoreated cakes! Wishing you a very merry Christmas! :-)

  8. Dear Kate,

    some amazing cake decorations :-) I wish you and your family a merry Christmas - Kirsten

  9. Christmas for me is, ummmm, eating my body weight in trifle. (Ooops?)

    Love your cake decoration. Merry Christmas Kate!

  10. I just wanted to say that I loved your 'what Christmas is about' bit in this post. It made me smile :)

  11. Very festive - love the Ho Ho Ho decoration :o)

  12. Very Christmassy! And it can never be a bad thing to have two Christmas cakes.


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