It's that time of year again! I usually bake our Christmas cake during the half term holiday, but with my Husband on holiday too, I was rather busy. So this week I made the cake using my usual recipe - Delia's Classic Christmas Cake. Breaking with tradition, this year I used Sherry instead of Brandy in the recipe.
It is a 7.5" cake and I baked it at 130'C for 4 hours.
Once cool I fed the cake. One for the cake, one for me ... :)
Each year I try to decorate my cake differently. It is getting more and more difficult to think of something, but this year inspiration struck in the form of an advert in a cake magazine that I was flicking through in the supermarket. This year our Christmas cake will have two tiers, so I baked a second cake. This one is a 5" cake, made using half of the ingredients in the above mentioned recipe. I baked it at 130'C for 2 hours. Once cool I fed and wrapped it up. Each week I will feed the cakes until I decorate them.
While the cakes were cooling I kept a close eye on Maurice the cake-stealer! But he and Ella were doing what cats do best -
snoozing in patches of sunlight!
Craft-wise I am trying to make items for some Christmas swaps, but I have been rather accident prone lately and I have hurt my left forearm so I can't crochet! :( In the past few weeks I have been eaten alive whilst gardening and had an allergic reaction, some flat-packed furniture fell onto my right hand and I have a bruised fingernail and I have stood on some broken glass and cut my left foot (still hoping no glass is left in there!)!! What I am most upset about is not being able to crochet! Craft addict or what! :) Hopefully it will improve soon - at least it is my left arm and I am right-handed.
Next up on my To-Do List is making Mincemeat and Christmas Puddings ... and still watching those cats! ;)