With Christmas just around the corner, I felt like sharing this very Christmassy cake for everyone to share in this festive joy. Wishing everyone an early Merry Christmas!
Last year's Christmas, my family and I were in Sydney. I was browsing when I saw this beautiful Christmas fruit cake in a magazine and made up my mind to bring it into existence this year.
With its variety of dried fruits, aromatic rum and elegant fondant decoration, this cake will definitely look good on your Christmas menu!
Traditional Christmas Cake
500g mixed dried fruit
1/4 cup mixed peel
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
50g glace cherries
1/2 cup brandy or rum
125g butter at room temperature.chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup self- raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup walnuts
500g ready-made white icing (fondant)
1/4 cup apricot jam
1. Mix the dried fruits and rum until even. Cover with cling wrap and set aside for at least 4 hours.
2. Lightly grease an 7 inch tin and line the base and side with baking paper, extending the paper 4-5cm above the top. Wrap a triple layer of brown paper or newspaper around the tin and secure with kitchen string.
3. Beat butter and sugar until light and creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Pour the batter into the bowl containing the fruits, then sieve in the powder ingredients. Fold together, then fold in the walnuts.
4. Pour batter into the tin and tap the tin a few times to get rid of air bubbles. Bake in a preheated oven at 150°C for 3 hours or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool the cake on a rack.
5. Turn the cooled cake upside down and plug the big gaps on the surface with fondant icing. Warm apricot jam in a pan or microwave and sieve to remove solids. Brush the jam all over the cake.
6. Roll out the fondant icing on a lightly dusted surface until about 5-7mm thick. Place it over the cake and smooth it out with your hands. Use a small sharp knife to cut off any excess icing.
7. Roll out the excess icing until 3mm thick and cut out 1.5cm wide strips. Use them to decorate the cake as shown, then press some cachous into the strips. Secure a ribbon around the cake with pins and you're done.
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Happy Christmas Month!
Happy Christmas Month!