A couple of weeks ago I read a recipe for an easy Christmas cake, I really didn't realise how easy it could be! So I adapted the recipe to my preferences and yesterday I made my very first Christmas cake!
200g unsalted butter
200g dark brown sugar
225g plain flour
500g mixed dried fruit
Approx 750ml apple juice
For the icing
1 pack (approx 450g) white marzipan
1 pack (approx 450g) ready to roll white icing
Sprinkling of icing sugar
1 Tablespoon apricot glaze
The day before I mixed the two bags of fruit together and poured the apple juice over until it was just covering. I stirred the fruit twice in 24 hours. You could use alcohol for this but decided to try it with juice!
I preheated the oven to 150 degrees and greased and lined a 19cm cake pan.
Then (with a little help from Chester and Millie) I creamed together the butter and sugar.
Gradually adding the eggs and then folding in the flour. We then mixed in the fruit one spoonful at a time. Millie helping herself to the cherries along the way!
I then poured the mix into the cake pan, filling it to the top and smoothing it over. I had a little mix left over, enough to make a taster cake. Would be rude not to don't you think?!
I then popped in the oven for 3 hours. At around half way I covered the cake with baking paper to prevent the top from burning.
When the cake came out of the oven, I left to cool in the pan for 10 minutes or so and then transferred to a wire cooling rack.
Whilst the cake was cooling we had a sneaky try of the taster cake, it was delicious! Packed full of fruit and flavour from the apple juice!
Once the cake had completely cooled 2 or 3 hours later I rolled out the marzipan (on a sprinkling of icing sugar) until it was about half a cm thick. I heated the apricot glaze in a pan until it was boiling and then covered my cake in the glaze. I smoothed the marzipan over the cake and then rolled out my icing to the same thickness.
I brushed the marzipan with some boiling water before laying the icing on top, working my way from the middle out wards smoothing it all out. I cut all of the excess off and tied a ribbon around the base.
I wrapped the left over marzipan in cling film and put in the fridge to use later in the week. With the leftover icing I got my coloured food colour pastes out and got creative! I made some trees and then some snowflakes, with the snowflakes I also added edible glitter, this gives a lovely effect.
All that was left to do now was to arrange the decorations on the cake....
What do you think?! Not bad for my first attempt?!
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