Thursday, 22 November 2012

Mummy's Christmas Cake!

Mummy has finally finished her Chrismas cake.....Tadaa!
Here's the Recipe:
350g/12oz self-raisng flour
1 tsp mixed spice
100g/4oz ground almonds
500g/18oz mixed dried fruit with peel
100g/4oz dried cranberries
100g/4oz of havled cherries
100g/4oz chopped nuts
4 eggs beaten
6tbs milk
2tbs brandy or rum-I used Apricot brandy
225g/8oz butter
10g/4oz castor sugar
100g/4oz of dark brown sugar

1.Sift the flour with the mixed spice the mix in the ground almonds.
2.Clean the dried fruit in a separate bowl.
3.In another bowl stir the beaten eggs ,milk and brand together.
4.In a large bowl cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy,then stir in the flour a bit at a time with some of the egg mixture until all the ingredients combine to form a smooth batter.
5.Gradually stir in al the dried fruit and cherries and nuts,mix thoroughly.
6.Spoon in the mixture into a 20-22cm/8inch cake tin which hasbeen lined with greaseproof paper.
7.Preheat oven to 160c/325f/gasmark 3 bake for 1 hour then recuce heat to 150c/300f/gasmark 1-2 and continue to bake for another 3 hours.For Fan assist ovens bake at 160c for 1 hour and 2 hours at 150c.

The secret is then once cooled pour small amounts of the brandy onto  the top of the cake for three days then turn the cake upside down and do this for another three days keep wrapped in foil whilest "feeding the cake" with rum or brandy then place the cake on to a cake board marzipan the cake then use royal icing or fondant "ready roll" icing to decorate the cake and add other cake decorations to your hearts content leave to set for christmas!

On a foot note our friends in the US are celebrating Thanks Giving today so we would like to wish them all HAPPY THANKS GIVING!
Hope the cake give you food for thought...hehehe
xx Speedy and Mum xx

30 comments:

  1. Oh my yummy, let's eat...now!

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    1. No way Jose! step away from the cake! A stern SPeedy's mum

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  2. Doesn't it "set up" or "cure" until about Christmas, Rachel? It is supposed to be better the longer it cures? Sounds like a good old fashioned recipe. I will have to try this next year!

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    1. Yes it does but there is still enough time to start it now,xxRachel

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  3. Food for "thought"! You are a Cheeky Little Bunn! Well, I don't think Mum is going to let you eat any of that cake before Chhristmas either. Rachel, you are going to know soon if you don't already know that over at DR Dougal is exclaiming "You did what with the cranberries?" I at least approve. Thank you for showing us the recipe. What a wonderful tradition. Thank you all for sharing cake, cards, cheekiness (Speedy), kindness to Hogwartz (Dad). You are all part of our we are grateful list. Thanks for wishing the across the ponders a Happy Thanksgiving Day and for making it brighter! Food for "thought"! You cheeky little bunn. I bet you just love that!

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    1. Hehehe...I pulled a funny...don't you just love it...hehehe,but thank you too!xx Speedy

      I've just been over to DR couldn't stop laughing how did they get on to that so quick?hahaha,xx Rachel

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  4. Holly Molley,put me down for one of those :) Looks fantastic Speedy xx00xx
    Mollie and Alfie

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    1. Hehehe I bet your mum can make a nice one too!xx Speedy

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    1. Thank you Ann,I do one every year for Christmas and every year it looks different

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  6. It's absolutely beautiful!!!
    ...and, well...we're suckers for frosting here, so it looks YUMMY too!

    We know you aren't celebrating Thanksgiving today...but we are here in the US and we are so very thankful for friends like you, Speedy.
    xo, Katie & Glogirly

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    1. Thank you both you're lovely girls,SPeedy'smum

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  7. Yum yum, that looks lovely - do you think she would mind if I had a small lick before Christmas??

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    1. step away from the cake boyo,x A stern Speedys mum

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  8. That sounds really, really good. And I love the decorations

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    1. Thank you I love doing this,every year ,it would be christmas if I didn't

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  9. That is one gorgeous cake. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

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    1. Thanks Katie and Cocco you should try giving it ago,xx Speedy's mum

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  10. I'll see about doing this for Christmas this year. So the brandy keeps it from getting moldy, right? I need to think of that in Florida lol! hahahahahahahahahaha just realized - my husband won't touch this with brandy in it, I'll make him snickerdoodles.

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    1. you can use rum instead unless he's t-total

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  11. That is one special cake! If Mommy had the time she would make one.
    Kisses
    Nellie

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    1. well there's always next year!,xx Speedy and mum

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  12. beautimous!!! if ONLY Mom could do 1/4 as well! Happy Holidays, Paw pats, Savannah

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    1. if she follows the receipe she'll do just fine

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  13. What a great looking cake Speedy! Your mom has some serious cake decorating skills!

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    1. Mummy like's it to look perfect..hehe,xx Speedy

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  14. PAWSOME!!! Mom has not baked in like a kazillion years...and that is after she was gone for 700 years on her recent Mexico vacation...heh...heh, paw pats, Savannah

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    1. Hehehe bet you're glad she's back!xx Speedy

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