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Christmas Cake Dilemma.....Delia or Mary???

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BaconAndAvocado Tue 27-Oct-20 19:04:21

Stir up Sunday is looming (sort of) and I usually go Delia but this year.......thinking of making a controversial move towards Mezzer.

Any thoughts?

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hopeishere Tue 27-Oct-20 19:07:46

I just do a mash up of Darina Allen and Rachel Allen. I don't want nuts in it so I just substitute more fruit.

billybagpuss Tue 27-Oct-20 19:09:00

Nooooo Delia every time

bruffin Tue 27-Oct-20 19:09:17

Jane asher, last minute Christmas cake cake.

LumpySpacedPrincess Tue 27-Oct-20 19:13:26

This one

VestaTilley Tue 27-Oct-20 19:16:49

I switched to Delia from Nigel last year and was glad I had; I’ll be sticking with Delia.

XiCi Tue 27-Oct-20 20:21:18

I've gone with Mary Berry this year. It looks and smells divine. Was very tempted to just dive straight in smile

OneMoreForExtra Tue 27-Oct-20 20:22:31


everythingisginandroses Tue 27-Oct-20 20:28:00

Delia - her recipes always work plus she has a picture of her cuddling her cat on the jacket of one of her books, whereas Mary Berry just reminds me of a cat's bum

Moonflower12 Tue 27-Oct-20 20:28:31


pandafunfactory Tue 27-Oct-20 20:29:54

Nigella from Christmas book with treacle not marmalade

colouringindoors Tue 27-Oct-20 20:32:48

Delia. Every time. Reliable and delicious

Hassled Tue 27-Oct-20 20:36:40

I went rogue last year and made some dry disappointment with zero structural integrity. This year I'm back to Delia and will never stray again. Delia knows her fruit cakes.

Madbengalmum Tue 27-Oct-20 20:39:08

Delia without question.

TheABC Tue 27-Oct-20 20:45:51

Waitrose. grin

I have sworn off making fruitcakes after DH accidentally set fire to the last one with home-made plum gin!

Atinytrolley Tue 27-Oct-20 21:06:35


RaggieDolls Tue 27-Oct-20 21:10:02

I switched from Delia to Mary last year. Delia was a bit dry. I prefer Mary.

Phillpot12 Tue 27-Oct-20 21:13:06

Waitrose Christmas cake kit in a box, based on a Delia recipe I think. Lazy but works brilliantly! smile

RaggieDolls Tue 27-Oct-20 21:13:13

Psssss my fruit is soaking!

laughoutquiet Tue 27-Oct-20 21:14:26

Which Delia one though? I've just googled and there's three!

ouchmyfeet Tue 27-Oct-20 21:20:35

Neither, Nigella.

orangenasturtium Tue 27-Oct-20 21:32:57

A Delia and Nigel mash up with chopped soft prunes. It makes the cake so much moister. Although I am quite heay handed when it comes to feeding the cake.

I bought one of the Waitrose kits in the January sales one year and TBH it was pretty good. I did substitute some of the fruit with extra prunes though grin But it makes a very thin cake. It's definitely worth considering if you are on budget, as even at full price, it works out a lot cheaper than buying the ingredients separately. I often end up with lots of leftover dried fruit/black treacle/suet that I don't have a use for until next Christmas.

BellaVita Tue 27-Oct-20 21:34:36


OhYouBadBadKitten Tue 27-Oct-20 21:35:47

I was flabbergasted to find out this week Delia has more than one recipe. For about 20 years I've made the same cake. Too scared to try a different recipe, so I used my trusty one again.

Voiceofreason92 Tue 27-Oct-20 21:42:09

I switched from Delia to Mary a few years ago. Mary is far more moist. Ive been making Delia for years, but as soon as i switched i had far more compliments on it

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