When should I make my Christmas cake?

(11 Posts)
LadyAlysVorpatril Thu 24-Jul-14 10:24:53

Is it a case of the earlier the better? Is there anything else super organised types do now for Christmas?

I do mine nearer the time (not a rich fruit cake though) Maderia type with sultanas, light coloured nuts and Amarretto.

I make two small cakes -one to marzipan and ice.
One to eat plain with crumbly cheese (Wensleydale or Cheshire)

Picklepest Thu 24-Jul-14 11:24:59

Stir up Sunday is mid-late oct I think? Basically about 12wks before Xmas.

MrsCK Thu 24-Jul-14 11:59:13

October half term smile Christmas pudding gets made then too

DramaAlpaca Thu 24-Jul-14 12:02:32

I usually plan to make cakes & puddings in mid-late October.

What happens in reality is that the cake gets made in December (it's a light fruit cake so doesn't need much maturing) & I end up buying a pudding blush.

<Note to self: must get more organised...>

PeterParkerSays Thu 24-Jul-14 12:04:19

I soak the fruit in August, leave it to steep for 8 weeks, then make the cake and I feed it for however many weeks there are left until Christmas another 8 weeks.

LadyAlysVorpatril Thu 24-Jul-14 12:13:48

Thanks everyone!can I ask what recipes you use?

vestandknickers Thu 24-Jul-14 12:17:15

ITS JULY. ITS 30 DEGREES OUTSIDE AND YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT CHRISTMAS CAKE?

STOP IT!

GO THE BEACH/PARK/EAT AN ICE CREAM.

(YES I'M SHOUTING)

PeterParkerSays Thu 24-Jul-14 12:18:54

Mine comes from this book.

PeterParkerSays Thu 24-Jul-14 12:19:43

sticks tongue out at vestandknickers grin

vestandknickers Thu 24-Jul-14 12:25:47

How rude PeterParker grin

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