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Christmas cakes - how early?

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RuggerHug Mon 08-Aug-16 10:45:36

Hi, just want to check with some more experienced bakers here. I have (probably stupidly..) said I’d do the Christmas cake this year, normally it’s DM department! I also said since I was doing that I’d do one for one of my friends to take home to her family. I’m just wondering how early people do them. Most stuff I’ve found says 2 months before or earlier if possible? Is it possible to do them too early? I seem to remember them being mixed one of the first weekends after we went back to school as DCs but can’t be too sure. Would September be ok? Thanks in advance smile

RhinestoneCowgirl Mon 08-Aug-16 10:47:49

I make mine in October half term because then DC are around to help, but earlier is fine, it will mature!

RhinestoneCowgirl Mon 08-Aug-16 10:48:19

You can even make them a year in advance

RuggerHug Mon 08-Aug-16 11:04:41

Oh wonderful, thanks a mill smile

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 13-Aug-16 15:42:19

Do it now & feed with brandy every week. It will taste so much better than shop bought.

I might do one, only I like it so it will be very small.

PomBearWithAnOFRS Sun 14-Aug-16 01:34:48

My Nanna used to make next year's cake this year ifyswim. Then she fed it brandy lovingly all year until the following Christmas. "This" year, we ate the one she made "last" year... grin

Letustryagain Sat 20-Aug-16 19:18:37

For the last couple of years I've had to make 3 x 6 inch cakes (My parents, Inlaws and us). Normally I leave it too late and do it the beginning of December but last year I did it in August!! Apparently both timescales tasted great (I don't eat it...). smile

RuggerHug Sun 21-Aug-16 11:49:09

They're being made next Sunday! grin my sister and 2 of our friends are coming over with their Christmas knitting so we can all enjoy the smell of the cakes going through the house with seasonal crafting grin (don't know how to do the santa hat smiley so just imagine it here). Thanks all!

sooperdooper Sun 21-Aug-16 11:51:44

I usually try and do it in September smile

NarcyCow Sun 21-Aug-16 11:51:46

Oh no.

Every year I make christmas cake, decide it's more hassle than it was worth, and that I'm not doing it again. Then I start to crack and come Halloween, I do it again, and end up regretting it again.

I can feel it starting...

NotAsYoungAsIWas Sun 21-Aug-16 14:56:33

I start to soak the fruit for my cake in September, but any time is good winesmile

Muddlewitch Sun 21-Aug-16 15:44:52

I want to do my own this year but wasn't sure when to do it so watching with interest! I might aim for October I think.

I've seen the Mary Berry recipe recommended a couple of times, does anyone else have a go-to?

NotAsYoungAsIWas Sun 21-Aug-16 17:25:35

For the last few years I've made Delia's 'Whiskey Dundee Cake' but I marzipan and ice it rather than cover it with nuts and a glaze. It's slightly crumblier than a traditional Christmas cake and lighter in colour. I've also used her 'Traditional Christmas Cake' recipe before but the family prefer the Dundeesmile

Muddlewitch Sun 21-Aug-16 19:07:48

That sounds perfect Notas thank you.

coldofhands Sun 21-Aug-16 19:10:45

September here, fairly early on in the month. I get the fruit soaking in a very boozy sugar syrup then make the cake early November, feed it regularly with brandy and ice in December.

oldlaundbooth Mon 22-Aug-16 18:46:26


This thread is my green light for Christmas cake making!! cake

OllyBJolly Mon 22-Aug-16 18:57:46

I make mine second week of October which was our school holidays (and probably still is but DCs now in their 20s!) I usually make about 6 cakes a year.

But last year, I was a bit overwhelmed with one thing and another. I cheated and bought Lidl fruit cakes, fed them regularly with brandy, marzipanned and iced them. Not one person remarked on it, other than MIL who said she preferred that size!

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