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#1 flying kiwi

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 09:51 AM

I've decided I'm making a Christmas cake this year, I've found plenty of recipes and am going to soak the fruit the day before as lots of recipes have had this tip.

All I want to know really is when is the best time to bake it, I'm thinking October time, but would it be nicer or not as nice if I started it now. I know you have to feed it every few weeks with brandy after making. Just can't decide when to start it

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 10:07 AM

My lecturer started soaking his Christmas Cake with Brandy about 6 months before but that's a proper Christmas Cake. You have just over 4 months to get it soaked.

I'm thinking if it's your first I'd start around October 1st. If you're unsure this time. Next year if you want to make one and whether how good this years tasted, I'd start adding on the months to soak it. :)

I hope that helped. :D

Edited by Hermione, 20 August 2011 - 10:07 AM.


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Posted 20 August 2011 - 10:56 AM

You have to feed cake? D:

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 12:25 PM

haha Christmas Cake yes. You have to rum it up! Or rather brandy it up. You have to keep soaking it to make it a true christmas cake.

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 02:37 PM

My first thought when reading the topic was: Well, any time is a good time for a cake but now I'm really curious about this Christmas Cake thingy. How does this work?

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 03:20 PM

Its a fruit cake, you bake it at least a few months before hand and have to make holes in it every few weeks and add a bit of Brandy, it keeps the cake and makes it mature so it also tastes nicer.

I'll have to see when I have some spare time. Most of the recipes say to do it in October, really I wanted to just check if I did it now it wouldn't be too soon. Don't know when I'll make it, I'll just have to see when I have the time and the ingredients in, as long as its between now and October should be fine :)

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 11:18 PM

I was thinking the same way as Maestro, anytime is cake time.
But wow, sounds like a rather complicated process. I don't think that I could eat a cake that I know is months old

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 01:53 PM

^^it sounds wrong doesn't it? But its not a normal cake, like not a fluffy texture sort of cake. It doesnt go bad because the alcohol you feed it with preserves it. Ive read that if you dont use it as long as you start feeding it again a few months before it'll still be good for next christmas, but I dont quite trust that information :/
If you ever get chance to try one (a shop bought one) I would, they do taste really good.

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 04:03 AM

D:
I would try one. But I refuse to consume any from of alcohol nowadays!

I CERTAINLY wouldn't trust a year old cake!

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 12:04 PM

That's a shame, I've cut out a lot of alcohol myself lately, I don't tend to drink it anymore, but I will have it in food every so often. I make a lovely BBQ mince with JD in it and a killer coffee and baileys cake...

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 04:42 AM

I've decided I'm making a Christmas cake this year, I've found plenty of recipes and am going to soak the fruit the day before as lots of recipes have had this tip.

All I want to know really is when is the best time to bake it, I'm thinking October time, but would it be nicer or not as nice if I started it now. I know you have to feed it every few weeks with brandy after making. Just can't decide when to start it



In my opinion October is the best time to bake it. Every year i will start from October first. I think its really a good and enough time to start planning for Christmas celebrations. :D

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 12:18 PM

I haven't made one, lol, but we've had a change of plan and spending most of Christmas at other peoples houses (except for morning for santa presents of course) so seemed silly to make one when we can have other peoples :P would be nice to have one for after Christmas but depending on how much I pig out Christmas day and boxing day I might have to get seriously back on a diet :P

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:32 AM

make it one day before ....Christmas day :lostit:




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