Hours of Fun Craft Countdown to Christmas – Christmas cakes. 11 days to go!!

Hours of Fun are counting down the days until Christmas by sharing a different Christmas activity each day.  Starting yesterday with the last post being published on Christmas Eve.

On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me………A homemade yummy Christmas cake!

Bake and decorate your own Christmas cake

For as long as I can remember we have had a homemade Christmas cake and it’s always delicious.  I have a few different recipes for fruit cake I like to use.  Delia’s classic Christmas cake is a good one and Beginner’s guide to cake decorating which includes a light and dark fruit cake recipe of which both are delicious.

A fruit cake does require some preparation time and ideally should be made a couple of months before Christmas to allow you to feed it every week or so with more brandy.  Don’t forget to weigh out your fruit the night before baking your cake and leave it to soak in brandy overnight.  Ensure you will not need your oven for anything else when it is time to bake the cake as it can take a very long time.  I often find it takes at least one hour longer than the recipe states however everyone’s oven is different so make sure you check it as it nears the end time given.  Stick a skewer in and if it comes out with bits of cake on then it’s not ready.

Then you get to the decorating part which is a lot of fun.  If you want a marzipan layer this goes on first.  You can then go for something simple by covering the cake with ready to roll fondant to give a smooth finish or you can make royal icing and cover the cake giving a rough  snow scene finish.

Ideas for decorating the cake  include a Christmas message written across the cake, modeled figures made from fondant and rolled fondant cut into shapes.  You can also buy lots of fantastic decorations at your local supermarket or cake supply shop, plastic and edible.

Making a Christmas cake is a lot of fun and very rewarding as you get to eat it too!  You can get the children involved, have a night with some friends making models for the cake and try out different types of fruit cake as there are a lot!  You could try Jamaica cake made with rum or Stollen which is a traditional German fruit cake.