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feeding Christmas cake. alternatives to brandy.

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hissingcat Wed 10-Dec-14 18:25:46

Just made my Christmas cake.
I know it's meant to be made months in advance and fed with brandy but last year I made it the week before and fed with fresh orange juice daily and it was lovely.
I don't want to feed with brandy this year either but I'm not sure if
1. The cake will keep a few weeks with no feeding at all
2. If I can use fresh orange again (as it might go rancid before cake is eaten).
and finally
3. is a cake fed to preserve it or to make it moist?

do you have something you use instead of brandy?
thanks. smile

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 10-Dec-14 19:40:25

I use Amarretto to soak the fruit and feed.

If I wasn't using alcohol, I'd freeze it to be sure it didn't go off.

Penguinsaresmall Wed 10-Dec-14 20:06:52

I don't think it's so much that alcohol preserves the cake - more that if you use fruit juice the juice itself could go a bit rancid, as you say. With or without alcohol, a rich fruit cake will stay fresh for weeks because of all the sugar in it, as well as keeping it in an airtight container to stop it drying out.

This year I've made a chocolate fruit cake and am feeding it with Tia Maria. But anyway, any spirit or long life liqueur (ie not a creamy one) will do, whiskey, rum, anything you fancy really....

hissingcat Wed 10-Dec-14 20:08:42

so is it safe to say the cake will keep for 3-4 weeks without feeding as long as it's in an airtight container?

hissingcat Wed 10-Dec-14 20:16:03

Amaretto sounds lovely but I'm trying to avoid buying any alcohol as it would end up sitting in the cupboard.

CoffeeandNumbers Wed 10-Dec-14 20:18:59

I used amaretto year before last, it was very rich and tasty, lots of compliments.

I think my cake was a borderline alcoholic though, I used half a 70cl of disaronno!! fshock

The other half went in a fair few coffees over the Xmas period.

Penguinsaresmall Wed 10-Dec-14 20:21:07

Yes it will be fine.

A friend of mine likes the flavour of rum but doesn't like alcohol, so uses rum flavouring in the recipe then just stores it away for a few weeks without feeding it at all - it's fine.

But if you do want to feed it a bit, why not just buy a miniature bottle?

hissingcat Wed 10-Dec-14 20:24:55

I never thought of using the amaretto in coffee...
might buy a bottle of that then. grin

I did think about buying a miniature of brandy but wasn't sure about the taste going through the cake as I can't stand the stuff.

Primadonnagirl Wed 10-Dec-14 20:30:03

I used was delicious! Also try M and S Gingerbread rum

Lucked Wed 10-Dec-14 20:31:50

Vanilla vodka - it was really nice, I got the recipe fron good housekeeping one year.

gildedlily Wed 10-Dec-14 20:47:28

Mine's getting a genteel slurp or 2 of oloroso sherry

JenniMoo Fri 12-Dec-14 05:56:05

Lidl cherry brandy on mine.
I'd probably freeze the cake if you've just made it, only for a few days, but just to help mature it.
I think you can feed them with a sugar syrup / orange juice mix, too, if you don't want to use alcohol.

MackerelOfFact Fri 12-Dec-14 09:29:40

Feed it with chai or black tea.

hissingcat Fri 12-Dec-14 12:01:19

Have bought a bottle of amaretto today. Now I have a new question: how much do I use and also will it be ok for a 5 year old to eat some?

whevs Fri 12-Dec-14 12:49:27

I've been feeding mine with brandy, but going to feed with Cointreau once or twice before Christmas (mmmmm)

JenniMoo Fri 12-Dec-14 12:52:20

I'd let s 5 yo have some, but not too big a piece. Especially with amaretto, which isn't as alcoholic as brandy anyway, I don't think.
I'd drizzle a little over the top (enough to wet it all over) a couple of times before Christmas. I think it's meant to be better to brush it on than drizzle, to get it even, so perhaps brush it every couple of days?

Oldyellow Fri 12-Dec-14 16:50:17

Ginger wine. Mine has chopped stem ginger in it as well!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 12-Dec-14 20:45:22

it would end up sitting in the cupboard

in my house it does grin

I don't drink alcohol, i use it in the Christmas cake and marzipan. Then it goes away till next year. IIRC the last bottle was three Christmases old, I smelled it, though, "Mmm you're okay"

MrsLindor Sat 13-Dec-14 07:49:02

I drizzle a capful of amaretto (small bottle) then rub it over the cake with clean hands, then lick my hands smile

hissingcat Sun 14-Dec-14 20:43:50

Have been brushing amaretto on daily with a (unused) paintbrush stolen from DD art set.
The cake smells lovely. smile

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