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Will it be ok to make Christmas cake and Christmas pudding this weekend or have I left it too late?

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spookysal Tue 13-Nov-12 13:42:22

One thing after another means I have left the cake and pudding very late this year.

Will it be ok to make or is it a waste of time now?

Lovecat Tue 13-Nov-12 13:50:12

I'm doing mine this weekend. However my dried fruits have been soaking for a fortnight, which I find helps the maturing of the cake no end.

I've made a fruitcake for a birthday 2 weeks before the event and with diligent feeding it was fine.

spookysal Tue 13-Nov-12 13:58:16

Thanks Lovecat. I'll start soaking my fruit tonight.

How often do you feed if making this late?

amazonianwoman Tue 13-Nov-12 14:23:29

I made Nigella's chocolate Christmas cake about 10 days before Christmas last year. Best Christmas cake I've ever made smile

beanandspud Tue 13-Nov-12 21:24:26

Stir up Sunday isn't until the 25th November - you have plenty of time! grin

CMOTDibbler Tue 13-Nov-12 21:28:32

It'll be fine. I just started soaking my fruit today - huge amount of Glenmorangie grin.

If your fruit is nice and moist, then everything else will be good

CherryMonster Tue 13-Nov-12 21:30:13

pretty sure that stir up sunday is on november 25th this year, traditional day for making the christmas cakes and puddings.

HappyAsEyeAm Wed 14-Nov-12 01:42:05

Plenty of time.

That said, I only soak my fruit overnight (in sherry) as by teh morning, it has all soaked up, and the cake is always very moist.

Christmas cake (at a push) and Christmas pudding are the few things I can reliably make. And shortbread. That's the extent of my capability.

Startail Wed 14-Nov-12 02:36:08

Fine, the rule here is after my birthday.
Although this iPhone is my birthday (and Xmas present) it's a week early.

Stir up Sunday is fine.

thedicewoman Wed 14-Nov-12 02:42:12

Look up Dan lepard's caramel Christmas cake, it is delicious and no soaking of fruit or feeding required!

MollyMurphy Wed 14-Nov-12 03:53:47

I don't know why per se I am looking at a thread aside from I wondered what kind of baking you could possibly do that would take a month and a half to make. I had no idea whatsoever making fruit cake (that's the same right?) was so complicated. That is commitment!

(Runs off to google how you "feed" a cake)

fiftyval Wed 14-Nov-12 14:25:54

Totally agree with Amazonianwoman - Nigella's chocolate christmas cake is easy to make and delicious. The first time I made it was on Chrsitmas Eve - couldn't get much more last minute.

lastSplash Sun 18-Nov-12 17:39:33

Does that mean dried fruits will be cheaper on Monday 26th?

spookysal Sun 18-Nov-12 19:29:27

I've decided to make Nigellas Christmas cake closer to Christmas day and do the Christmas pud this weekend on the 25th.

Thank you for the replies smile

(lastsplash, Tesco have 3 for 2 on their dried fruit and most baking items if that helps)

Murtette Sun 18-Nov-12 20:04:42

Delia's last minute Xmas cake can be made is delicious and very moist as it has a jar of mince meat in it. The year DD was born, I only made baked it on Xmas Eve although the fruit had been soaking for a good few days before that.

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