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Is it too late to make Christmas Cake??

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ShabbyNat Sat 07-Nov-15 23:15:51

Please tell me it`s not too late!!
I`ve got the fruit soaking in Sherry-yes Sherry, not brandy like Delia`s recipe says, as my mum prefers sherry!!
Did that last(Friday) night.
Going to cook the cake tomorrow(Sunday)
Going to soak the cake in more sherry at regular intervals until Christmas.
Not going to ice the Christmas fruit cake because 1 I`m no good at icing & 2 I can`t be arsed
It`s going to be a stocking filler present for my mum.
So, am I too late or will it be ok??

TheExMotherInLaw Sat 07-Nov-15 23:18:57

It will be fine - I haven't even bought my ingredients yet, although I usually make it end of October. I've made it late as early December, and it's been ok. It will be worth covering it in marzipan, tho.

JeffsanArsehole Sat 07-Nov-15 23:19:14

You can make it on the day smile

Chillax dude

ShabbyNat Sat 07-Nov-15 23:42:55

I`ve been worrying a bit over this, as everywhere I seem to read is all about the cake maturingblush
Will it be ok with sherry though, instead of brandy or whiskey??

ShabbyNat Sat 07-Nov-15 23:45:38

JeffsanArsehole Once I get a bee in my bonnet about something I do seem to go a bit overboard with the worryingblush
But I am chillin a lot now about itgrin

Meow75 Sat 07-Nov-15 23:47:16

I'm making number 4 tomorrow. And I use Amaretto on my fruit.

FlumptyDumpty Sat 07-Nov-15 23:51:32

It'll be more than fine. My rule of thumb - the nearer to Christmas I make the cake, the more ridiculous amounts of booze I feed the cake with....

I always do mine with a mixture of rum (for mellow richness) and brandy (for kick), so YABU with the sherry though wink

PurpleDaisies Sat 07-Nov-15 23:52:18

I use amaretto too meow. I haven't come across anyone else who does. It is delicious isn't it!

I haven't baked yet either. To be honest I haven't noticed a huge difference between cakes I've made mid October and ones I've done mid December. It definitely isn't too late op.

ShabbyNat Sun 08-Nov-15 00:04:54

Oh, thanks allflowers
If I liked fruit cake, the Ameretto does sound wonderful if I was to bake it for myself!!
FlumptyDumpty how much alcohol do you actually put in??
I`ve only ever made the 1 Christmas fruit cake before, about 5 years ago.
I put whiskey in then & the feedback was it was a lovely fruit cake, could of done with quite a bit more alcoholshock
I thought I`d put loads in at each interval, I was worried about it going soggy!!shockblushsanta

TheExMotherInLaw Sun 08-Nov-15 00:11:41

I used amaretto last year, simply because I had some in, and no brandy! I have used sherry in the past, too, and have never noticed any real difference

HoneyDragon Sun 08-Nov-15 00:19:11

I'm using Scotch. <controversial>

FlumptyDumpty Sun 08-Nov-15 00:22:16

I put absolutely loads in, Shabby, but I make a moist cake, as opposed to a crumbly one. You can't overdo it. I've never had complaints about sogginess. Which recipe are you using?

I like the sound of the Amaretto. Might have to give that a whirl next year. I put a fair whack of almond extract in the cake mix anyway, so it would go really well.

FlumptyDumpty Sun 08-Nov-15 00:24:07

When I say loads, I usually use half a bottle of rum and about 1/3 bottle of brandy, but that does include the pre-bake fruit-soaking, which I do over about a week and top up at intervals

Meow75 Sun 08-Nov-15 00:24:55

I'm using MIL's recipe and there are blanched almonds in it, so Amaretto seemed appropriate as we don't have any of the more traditional boozes.

I also don't use mixed peel or sultanas, mainly because I don't like them, but I have used 40-50g of soft apricots (from Lidl, if your interested), chopped up small and replacing some of the 440g of raisins and currants recommended in my MIL's recipe for a 5 inch square. They look like little jewels!!!

FlumptyDumpty Sun 08-Nov-15 00:29:34

Apricots sound lovely!

I add a load of chopped ready to eat prunes - they add a lovely sweet, rich squidgyness.

ladymariner Sun 08-Nov-15 00:36:40

I soaked my fruit in sherry, then feed the cakes with brandy, always taste lovely.
May well try the prunes next year, that sounds good x

slithytove Sun 08-Nov-15 00:47:14

I'm making mine tomorrow

Random mix of cherries, raisins, sultanas, apricots, cranberries, dates and mixed peel

2 cakes with amaretto, 2 cakes with rum.

Made an amaretto tester yesterday and it's all gone today! Was gorgeous.

ShabbyNat Sun 08-Nov-15 00:49:07

I`m using the Delia Smith recipe that's apparently been knocking around for yearsgringrin

iamanintrovert Sun 08-Nov-15 02:51:53

I'm doing ours today smile

shouldwestayorshouldwego Sun 08-Nov-15 04:50:09

We don't bother making a Christmas pudding because the girls don't like it and we only have it once(too rich). Instead we make the cake on Stir up Sunday (22nd Nov) this year. It has always been fine.

Millie2013 Sun 08-Nov-15 06:39:16

One down one to go here, for the first, I used brandy, but I'm tempted to try amaretto for the next one (and keep it myself!)

mamapants Sun 08-Nov-15 10:11:44

I made mine on Tuesday and going to do the pudding tomorrow.
Its about when I did them last year and they turned out well.

RJnomaaaaaargh Sun 08-Nov-15 11:13:13

I'm doing mine next weekend, later than usual but that's the way it's gone this year. I like the sound of amaretto I may try that.

BettyBitesBums Sun 08-Nov-15 11:42:05

Shabby I use the Delia recipe too. I did one a couple of weeks ago and just done another one today. I soaked the fruit in a mix of amaretto and brandy but use about double what is suggested in the recipe. As for topping it up I do it once a week, alternate Brandy and Amaretto each week and use a good few tablespoons each time. It's never failed me yet!

Heyheyheygoodbye Sun 08-Nov-15 11:50:58

I never make mine until Stir-Up Sunday! I soak the fruit for a good week in advance though. Grand Mariner and a Dutch Apple liqueur here grin

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