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My First Christmas Cake

I wanted to contribute to the Christmas meal someway, and as I’ve managed to bake decent things in the past I decided to give baking a Christmas cake a go – although Matthew was afraid I would ruin Christmas. (Btw, a Christmas cake is a fruitcake coated with marzipan and icing and decorated according to taste.) Ideally you would make it 2-3 months before Christmas, and keep soaking it with brandy every week, but I just made it a week before and it was fine.

ingredients

Here are the ingredients, consisting of not much more than sugar and dried fruits. (It would’ve been so much cheaper to just buy a cake, but at least I’ve tried it now!)

driedfruit

As you can see it’s mostly just different types of sultanas, glazed cherries, mixed peel and chopped almonds. (Plus flour, eggs, butter and brown sugar.)

mixture

A very thick, substantial mixture.

burntcake

It got a little burnt on the top…I blame it on our oven. (Tried to cut the black bits off, so really hope it doesn’t taste burnt.)

marsipan

I covered the cake with a layer of marzipan a week before the actual icing – to allow the marzipan to dry so it wouldn’t spoil the appearance of the finished cake.

cake

Tadaa, here is the finished cake. In hindsight I shouldn’t have scribbled anything on the cake – it looks like a 5-year old did it. But everyone seemed to like it and even have second helpings, so I guess it was quite a success! (And it didn’t even taste burnt.)

It can seem like quite a daunting task to bake a Christmas cake when you see the recipe, but I was actually surprised at how simple it was in the end. Find the recipe here. 

x Nina x

Nina Äikäs

I’m a Swedish-speaking Finn who left Finland for the lovely and thrilling London town in 2011, but after meeting an equally lovely and thrilling Scotsman I somehow now find myself in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. In February 2015 our gorgeous little girl arrived and made us a happy family of three. Follow my blog and get to know us!

  • sophiebowns

    Very cute!

    January 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm Reply
    • ninaaikas

      Thanks Sophie! Need to work on the presentation though… 🙂

      January 7, 2014 at 9:44 am Reply
  • Monica Äikäs

    wow!

    January 7, 2014 at 9:05 am Reply
    • ninaaikas

      Du borde ha smakat pa den…:)

      January 7, 2014 at 9:45 am Reply
  • Annika B

    The cake looks amazing!!! I’m proud of you, even if u said it was simple. Thanks for the recipe, I will definitely do one myself one day!

    January 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm Reply
    • ninaaikas

      Thanks, it went down pretty well 🙂

      January 28, 2014 at 10:43 am Reply

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