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First Time Christmas Cake maker

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Onlyonce Tue 20-Sep-16 14:17:35

So I want to have a go at doing a Christmas cake myself

How far in advance do I need to make it and have you any recommended and fool proof recipes for me?

beela Tue 20-Sep-16 14:22:15

I usually make mine sometime in late October/early November, and use the recipe in the River cottage cake book.

For any recipe you can use whatever mix of dried fruit you have to hand, as long as the weight is correct, and pre-soaking makes a big difference.

rosie39forever Tue 20-Sep-16 16:15:55

Already made mine, James martins make and mature cake is fabulous, dead easy and so moist, I feed it with rum every 2weeks until Christmas. This is the 3rd year I've made it and am going to make a second one next week as last years disappeared so quickly.

FurryDogMother Tue 20-Sep-16 16:28:43

Planning on making mine in early October, then feeding it weekly until Christmas. I use the Delia Smith recipe - never known to fail!

TolpuddleFarterOATB Tue 20-Sep-16 16:38:01

Always use Delia's recipe, it's been brilliant.

I even made her Creole Christmas cake last year, it was lovely.

CMOTDibbler Tue 20-Sep-16 16:54:58

Buy good fruit, and pre soak it with far more liquid than it says in the recipe and for a few days. If you put nice plump fruit into the cake it will be far better than feeding it later.

I also had great success last year with the Lidl pre soaked fruit which was very nice and a good price - I used it for the cakes I make for charity hampers

MrsNuckyThompson Tue 20-Sep-16 17:07:46

Hmm, I struggled with Delia's recipe - it burned in the end! Watching with interest.

Lilacpink40 Tue 20-Sep-16 18:23:07

Does anyone have a good online recipe?

I'd like to try for first time too op smile

Onlyonce Tue 20-Sep-16 20:31:25

Thanks for the advice everyone. If you have any more tips so I can avoid festive disaster please let me know!

Whenwillitrain Tue 20-Sep-16 20:36:09

I do Delia's recipe. My recipe book is about thirty years old, so the cooking times and temperatures didn't take into account fan ovens. I cook on a lower heat and for a shorter time

didireallysaythat Sat 01-Oct-16 20:02:26

I do the pink whisk recipe. 950g of fruit. Soak for weeks, cook very low. Really good.

Lutrine Wed 05-Oct-16 13:01:42

I've made this gingery Christmas cake a few times, it's a bit lighter than usual and has ginger wine in which I love!

NapQueen Wed 05-Oct-16 13:03:54

Mmmm I feel tempted to try one this year!

Any fail safe recipes? Do I buy dried fruit and soak or fresh fruit and soak?

NapQueen Wed 05-Oct-16 18:06:08

Is rum or brandy best to use?

bookbook Fri 07-Oct-16 21:18:31

Can't give you the recipe,sorry! soak the fruit for at least 24 hours in either tea or brandy, that really makes a difference.
wrap the outside of the cake tin in a double layer of greaseproof or silicone paper, taller than the cake tin - evens the cooking out, and stops the outside of the cake drying out while the centre is still cooking

harderandharder2breathe Fri 14-Oct-16 12:16:14

I'm a first time Christmas cake maker too, and used Mary Berry's recipe which I found online

Bake went ok... hopefully it'll taste good!

HappydaysArehere Tue 06-Dec-16 15:10:04

I found that Delia's Christmas cake baked far sooner than she says. I use the correct heat but the trouble can arise if you take her advice and "don't peek"if .. ..

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