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Christmas CAKE!

Postby DingleDel » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:11 pm

Not sure if this should go here or in food/recipe section sorry!


WELL, I at long last got around to making my first ever Christmas cake at the weekend. I know I am late but when am I ever on time with anything!!! :oops:

Now, my question is please...how often would you feed it with Brandy? :o
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Re: Christmas CAKE!

Postby LizG » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:59 pm

Turn it upside down and use a skewer to make holes all over the bottom. Pour some brandy into a tablespoon and slowly dribble over the holes and leave it for a short while for it to soak in. I then wrap mine in greaseproof paper and then foil and put in a tin.

I don't know if you will find this of use as you haven't make a cake before:

We always ice our cake about 10 days before Christmas and marzipan it a week before icing so that the marzipan has a chance to dry out. To marzipan first warm some jam (I often use bramble jelly or seedless jam) and then paint over the cake with a pastry brush. I use ready rolled marzipan as my DH finds it easier.

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Re: Christmas CAKE!

Postby DingleDel » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:07 pm

Thanks Liz, any advice appreciated! :angel:

If that's the case then I will need to ice the weekend of 15/16th and marzipan the weekend of 8/9th. This only leaves me 11-12 days to feed. Will this be enough? If I feed tonight, when would you recommend I "schedule" to feed it again please? I think I will need to make up my calender! x
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Re: Christmas CAKE!

Postby DingleDel » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:11 pm

Sorry, also why turn it upside down and feed through bottom if I am going to ice it? Experienced cake makers advice needed! LOL :oops:
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Re: Christmas CAKE!

Postby LizG » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:20 pm

I only feed it twice; once the day after making it and then about halfway between then and the marzipan. There are no rules. Why the bottom? I don't know, was just what my Mum always did :lol:

Not sure what you will use for icing, we tend to buy a pack of Royal Icing mix these days. Some people make royal icing from scratch and others prefer to use fondant icing.

DH always does a snow scene so that he doesn't have to make all the icing perfectly flat :wink:

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Re: Christmas CAKE!

Postby DingleDel » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:28 pm

Thanks again Liz. We have just fed it! :lol: Looking at the cake the bottom is probably more porous than the top- I wonder if that's one of the reasons!

Not sure how we are going to decorate yet, probably something quick, simple but effective as I am working right up to 20th - this year the school term finishes very late! :-?

It's probably only Chris and myself that will eat any, but we enjoyed spending the time together making it. We all contributed to every step of the cake making and even if it's a total failure, I'd like to start a family tradition. Perhaps next year we may even be a little more organised! LOL :roflmao: Yeah, as if. :wink: :wink:
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Re: Christmas CAKE!

Postby Carolyn » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:00 pm

I must admit I usually turn my cakes over and ice it that way - so would feed the bottom as it is the top!

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Re: Christmas CAKE!

Postby LizG » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:34 pm

:lol:

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Re: Christmas CAKE!

Postby annmarie » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:40 pm

We always made our royal icing and then put it on with a palette knife, flicking into little peaks/points as we went. We then put one of those little silver balls on each little point - it's quick to do and looks pretty when you've finished.
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