I would like to make an xmas cake this year for our family and one for mil. she usually makes a traditional fruit cake though, which only fil at their house and me at mine like. so does anyone have any idea what i could do instead. I thought maybe something white & sparkly (snowy maybe??) with snowmen on and xmas trees and the like. anyone any thoughts?
& please don't tell me i'm way ahead of myself, I know, am just in planning mood today for some reason or other!
If you wanted to be traditional, maybe a chocolate log?
I made a devil's food cake (heavy chocolatey cake, think mine also had some fruit in, but there's loads of different recipes) once instead of a christmas cake, and covered it in white egg white frosting (can't remember the recipe off the top of my head, but it involved egg whites and caster or icing sugar), and I did the frosting in little peaks, stuck some holly on top, et voila!
Well, dh has instructed me to get all the stuff he needs to make the Xmas cake this week. The longer you have it made, the longer you can feed it with booze and the juicier it is imho!
I don't know what recipe he uses, but I would imagine most cook books have one. DH says the key is to soak the fruit in brandy for a couple of days before you make the cake. After its made, turn it upside down and prick holes all over the bottom, then wrap it in a double layer of tinfoil and put it an airtight box. Once a week, pour a couple of table spoons of brandy over the cake.