Christmas Cakes 2012 – I wish I had photographs of all seven of them but sadly, I don’t!
The end of 2012 became incredibly busy here. I had a presentation/assignment to do for university, we moved house and I had 7 Christmas cakes to do. Fortunately, the roses were started a few weeks before Christmas so they were ‘lustred’ and ready to go. I’d used Morrisons own brand icing for most of them, then realised I needed a few additional petals, so I used a well-known professional brand icing and couldn’t have been more disappointed. However, you live and learn!
So, house-moving day was 23rd December (Yes, I KNOW!!). it was also the eldest’s birthday and my mom, aunty and cousin were due to visit on the Megabus!!! School broke up late (21st) and anyone who teaches probably knows what I mean when I say that schools + Christmas = MADNESS!! So, first night in the new house, after moving loads of furniture, I decorated seven Christmas cakes.
I’ll be honest – I hate levelling fruit cakes. The way you get holes etc drives me nuts. So I was a lazy minx and didn’t level them as pedantically as I would normally. Plus time was short. (I did let family know that they wouldn’t be perfect – luckily they let me off!)
I had marzipanned and iced two days previous so it was just the decorating that needed doing. Good job Match of the Day was on until one o’clock a.m so there was something to watch!
I would LOVE to share the recipe but I have been sworn to secrecy on this one – it is an old family recipe that only a few are allowed to know! What I can tell you though is that I tinker with it and use Mich Turner’s rich fruit cake recipe as a ‘tinker guide’! Lots of people also recommend Delia’s fruit cake….
Give them a try – you can’t go far wrong.
There are loads of tutorials for making sugarpaste roses on t’internet…all I can say is find a way that works for you. I tried a couple of techniques and found a way that works for me – I might even do a tutorial shortly.
I have discovered a passion for making roses – these were the first I’d ever made. Call it a learning curve!
Well, just to wish everyone a very happy, healthy 2013… Happy Caking!