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Sat 16-Nov-13
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Steve
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When will you all start your Christmas cakes/puddings? I know traditionally stir up Sunday would be next weekend, but I've got the urge to do mine now, what type of cakes do you like to make? I usually base mine on a Guinness cake, however, I loathe marzipan.

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Sat 16-Nov-13
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I have already made my cake, pudding and mincemeat.  I worked as a school administrator for a number of years and got into the habit of making my seasonal goodies during the October half-term as I had some spare time during the holiday and that habit has stuck.  It means the cakes etc have a good time to mature and, in the case of the cake, can be fed with brandy.  I use various recipes but have made a traditional cake this year which I shall marzipan and ice to satisfy the those who like rich fruit cakes.  I shall also make a chocolate log for two of my granddaughters who don't like the traditional cake.  I'll make the latter at my son's home on Christmas Eve as we shall be staying with him and his family for the holiday.  I'd be happy with a Dundee cake or even a light version of a Christmas cake.  I have a recipe which uses, apricots, pineapple, golden sultanas, etc but the family consensus is that traditional it must be!

I've not made Guinness cake so don't know how long it would keep.  The nearest I have tried is a Guinness and chocolate cake from the Hummingbird recipe book.  

As you don't like marzipan, what about a Dundee cake or a jewelled fruit cake (rich fruit cake with glace fruit decoration on top, drizzled with honey or glaze)?

I'm sure others on the forum will have ideas for you.

Sun 17-Nov-13
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Not sure I'll bother making a cake this year, we never get round to eating it till around march! however whenever I make it! I always want to eat it straight away as the smell is so appetising. In previous year I've made the chocolate and prune one by nigella, lovely and moist. I've done a Delia one and can't remember what I did last year, maybe could check back on here, as I'm sure we discussed this same topic last year some time. 

Not a big christmas Pudding fan so never bother making that, will probably just buy a smallish quality one from somewhere just on case anyone can manage to cram any more food in after the main meal.

Sun 17-Nov-13
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although I have made and eating 2 christmas cakes this year already ( had to try out baking them in the halogen) I have decided to make the mixture into cupcakes this year, I will still decorate them with marzipan and icing

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I've never made a christmas cake myself - my mum usually makes several and gives me a small one. This year I might have a go at making stollen. Shop bought ones can be a bit variable, we've had some dry disappointing ones, so I'll see what I can do...

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My daughter has taken over making the Cake, as she makes and decorates Cakes to sell, but I might make one or two, in Loaf Tins, to put in family Hampers.chef

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Will get the dark rum on next trip and make the cake and puds once home! Did suggest not making them this year and OH was horrified! I have used the same cake recipe for christmas and anniversary for 35 years! Always has to have marzipan and fondant icing! I no longer decorate it though.

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Whatever happened to those little bottle brush Christmas tree cake decorations from my childhood?

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I remember them, with a red wooden tub!

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Still got mine!  All the old decorations go on the Cake and on the Tree, they are tatty with age, but would not dream of buying new ones.chef

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wave Wonderful memories of childhood Christmases.  I can see my Mum's Christmas cake  in my mind's eye. 

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I can remember my mum's, resplendent with snowmen, sleighs and robins (and trees), incidentally my cake is in the oven.

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Ambersparkle said
Still got mine!  All the old decorations go on the Cake and on the Tree, they are tatty with age, but would not dream of buying new ones.chef

I yearn for some of the baubles that my parents used to have, unfortunately they have very little sentimentality (unlike me) with things like that and probably got rid of them when moving house.

There is a particular type I loved growing up, they were teardrop shape with a dimple in the middle, made of glass, I've looked on ebay year after year but have never seen the exact ones, made me feel quite wistful cry lol, what a prat.

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Steve said
Whatever happened to those little bottle brush Christmas tree cake decorations from my childhood?

 

 

Steve, I have offered to make extra cakes for the members of the family who have problems this year (heavy workload or lack of finance, etc), and I really prefer those little brush trees, so I have searched for some, and now ordered them from a place in Kent - here. £2.53 + VAT for a pack of 3.  ok

I tried Hobbycraft last week - very disappointed with what was on offer.

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I thought you could buy those treTunis cake every year and I got to eat the marzipan fruits from the top of it.

 

 

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I'll try that again!

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