Every year on Stir It Up Sunday, I see pictures all over social media of people making their Christmas Puddings and Cakes and wish I’d been organised enough to join in this tradition.
Well this year I did get myself organised and made sure we had everything we needed to try making our first ever Christmas Cake.
Not a fan of Brandy, I looked for an alcohol-free recipe and found this brilliant As-You-Like-It Christmas Cake recipe on BBC Good Food.
Our family can be quite picky when it comes to fruit cake so this recipe was great for just using ingredients that I knew we liked. For the fruit we used Sultanas, Raisins and Glacé Cherries, soaked overnight in cold brewed tea and orange juice, which the kids helped me weigh out and mix together.
We found the recipe easy enough to follow, however, following on from the majority of the comments on the site, our cake did take longer to bake, around 4 hours in total.
Once baked, we wrapped it in baking paper and stored it in a cake tin, opening it up once a week to feed it. The kids were fascinated by this process and enjoyed poking skewers through the cake and drizzling the cold brewed tea over it.
The kids really enjoyed this part.
For our first ever attempt at making our own Christmas Cake, I think we did a pretty good job.