I haven’t made a Christmas cake for the last couple of years. We both love it and we always used a Delia Smith recipe, which we really used to enjoy making. (Licking the bowl was the best part.)
But it’s usually me that eats the last third (or even half) of the cake after Christmas, with the consequently disastrous effects on the waistline and the New Year good intentions to do something about it.
The ingredients all seemed to be good quality. It said in the instructions that the fruit was already soaked but we gave it a little extra soak in sherry overnight, just in case it needed it. The little sachet of black treacle had split and emptied most of its contents over the instruction leaflet so I used a spoonful of my own. The instructions were still readable !!
It made a sensibly deep 20cm cake, which I have yet to ice ~ but icing a cake at midnight on Christmas Eve is not that unusual in my house !! I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Mind you, whilst the cake was in the oven, Nick went to Tesco and there was a huge mountain of the same kits, now reduced to £3. Sod’s law, as always !!
Ingredients and method
Take one Mary Berry Christmas cake kit, add your own butter, eggs, orange and lemon zest and bake according to instructions.