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Christmas Cake for beginners

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MeMyElfandI Tue 27-Sep-16 20:21:50

My 12 DD year has really taken to baking and would like to make a Christmas cake this year. I haven't made one for years and don't think she would like a rich heavy fruit cake.

Has anyone got a good recipe for one she could make and ideas on icing and decorating? Needs to be quite robust as will have to survive a 4 hr car journey to her Grand parents. Thanks.

BlueGirl1982 Tue 27-Sep-16 20:31:47

I always use the delia recipe, I make at least two or three per year and it's never let me down. It's a nice straightforward recipe. The only changes I make are no nuts due to family allergies and I feed mine with spiced rum rather than brandy.

Hope this helps!

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Tue 27-Sep-16 20:37:24

The Delia classic one here too. I used to diss Delia, and one year made the abomination that is Nigella's pruney chocolatey Christmas cake (my advice-don't ) and since then only ever make Delia's.
Never fails. It's fab.

CoffeeMad18 Tue 27-Sep-16 20:40:42

Can also be put into individual cup cake cases and makes about 20 of these if you prefer.
It has fantastic reviews and is a really lovely cake.

TheFallenMadonna Tue 27-Sep-16 20:41:42

The classic Delia is a rich heavy fruit cake though. In her Christmas book there is a recipe for a lighter fruit cake though. Probably on her website?

Callmecordelia Tue 27-Sep-16 20:45:59

I bought the kit from Waitrose. It was lots of fun, good value as I only make a fruit cake once a year, and there was no faffing. DD and I pretended to be on a cookery programme with our weighed out ingredients.

Cake tasted pretty good too.

jesterkat Tue 27-Sep-16 20:46:57

This is awesome, have made it for past 3 years. Its not too dark, keeps really well and I feed it with spiced rum alternated with jack Daniels honey.

CoffeeMad18 Tue 27-Sep-16 20:47:49

To ice it simply, I would use a star cutter and stick regal icing stars onto the iced cake using cooled boiled water or brandy and then place a silver ball in the centre of each one?

CoffeeMad18 Tue 27-Sep-16 20:53:59

Something like this....

MeMyElfandI Tue 27-Sep-16 21:04:38

Thank you for the suggestions. Had forgotten about Delia, maybe too rich for her but me and DH would enjoy it. To be honest I think she will enjoy the making and icing more than the eating.

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