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#1 Working_Mummy

Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:23 PM

Is it too late to make a christmas cake in time for christmas?

I've never made one so will need a good recipe, but i know my grandma use to make hers a good few months before christmas.

Any help would be appreciated.

ETA - What is the white icing that i would have had on my piece of christmas cake at Shingle Inn yesterday?  I'd like to put this on my cake.

Edited by Working_Mummy, 19 November 2012 - 12:24 PM.

#2 Feral Becky

Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:30 PM

I started the fruit soaking in brandy last Friday. I will make the cake this Friday, so no, not too late at all.

My recipe is from Marian Keyes "Saved by cake book so not easy to link, sorry

#3 Fire_fly

Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:33 PM

I finished mine today so defiantly not to late. Mine is an old family recipe but there is lots of yummy ones out there.
I dont put icing on my recipe so cant help you there.

#4 Feral timtam

Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:45 PM

If you are the type to use alcohol you're cutting it a bit fine, but if you don't plan on using alcohol in it it's certainly not too late.
As to the white icing used by The Shingle Inn, it's called Fondant or Plastic Icing. You can try making it yourself or you could buy it from Coles or Woolies. It's found in the baking section in a 500g box from memory. If it's your first time tackling the cake I would suggest buying it so you know what consistency the fondant is supposed to be.

#5 PrincessPeach

Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:54 PM

The recipie I use is out of a 1983 women's weekly magazine & it's called catroina's christmas cake.

It's not too late - 1 month to mature is fine.

Then again, you can never make just 1...so there will always be time to eat one later.

#6 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:54 PM

Not too late, I made mine yesterday.   I make a Sri Lankan one.  It has rosewater and cardamom as well as all the usual flavours.

#7 froglett

Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:55 PM

My grandmothers Christmas Cake recipe is one that you can make as close to Christmas as you want (it's a boiled fruit cake recipe - delicious - but better made closer to when you want to eat it - otherwise I find it a bit dry). You can get the recipe here http://thecookbook.com.au/2009/01/15/tradi...as-cake-recipe/.

The white icing you mention is probably fondant, you can buy this premade at the supermarket and just roll it out. Roll to around 1/4 - 1/2cm thick, brush the cake with warmed apricot jam (sticks the icing to the cake), then lay the icing on the cake and smooth down.

#8 Working_Mummy

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:04 PM

I have 1.5Kgs of fruit in 1.5cups of brandy as of last night.

So hopefully it will be ok.

Just to find a recipe to take it, not sure how to tell a 'good' recipe.  Would love one that has been tested.

#9 cward

Posted 21 November 2012 - 09:59 AM

I used this recipe last year and it was lovely

#10 ~shannon~

Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:07 AM

Definitely not too late. I always do mine in December around the same time we put up the tree, etc.
Most recipes you will find don't say start in October - there are lots of good recipes that only take a couple of days (ie. soaking fruit overnight), but I usually do the fruit on one weekend, leave it a week, and then bake the following weekend. Always turns out beautifully!
Oh, and I prefer rum to brandy so perhaps it's a brandy thing to be leaving fruit in it for months on end!

I also buy ready made fondant from the supermarket.

#11 Shanski

Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:19 PM

I'm probably too late with my recipe to help you as you are already soaking fruit but this is the one I bake

It doesn't need a long amount of time soaking the fruit but if you can it does make the cake more dense and delicious.
I just set my fruit up yesterday and will probably make my cake on Friday or Monday.

I've been making this cake for the last 4 years and my hubby loves it and all my visitors always comment kindly. I don't use fondant or icing as it is not liked in this house.

Happy baking

#12 butterflydreaming

Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:10 PM

I make this one, its so yummy that DP has asked for a full one as one of his prssents this year.


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