Saturday, November 08, 2008

Christmas Cakes

I made the Crimbo cakes today! I say cakes as I always have to make two, in fact I very well may have to make two more. Anyway these are our cake and hubbies birthday cake. The next two will be one for K and one to take up to mums for over Christmas!

The recipe is one I was given in the first year at Secondary School, I have kept it and used it ever since.

I then lined the tins and as you can see its all done very neatly, this is a habit I got into when I used to make and ice cakes for friends and I've just stuck with it, plus it makes icing a bit easier.

I weighed all the fruit and poured on a generous amount of brandy to soak whilst I did everything else.

Using my mixer I beat the butter and sugar

Having added the eggs and flour I then added the fruit.

All mixed up now

then in the cake tin

Now I am doing something I have never done before, I am cooking two at once in the Rayburn!

The bottom oven, the warming oven is holding around 140C according to my thermometer so I have the smaller cake in here and it may take longer to cook but I don't mind. If it works it means I can put one in here over night. The top oven on the other hand is hot and I keep having to open the door, which is how you cool Rayburn ovens. So depending on how they turn out, is whether I add to this post later or do a post tomorrow!!


Cheryl said...

Well done you.....thank goodness my Mum makes mine.......

Naturegirl said...

I have never attempted baking this Christmas cake..always buy one from a loval recipe!
Yours look great!

Petunia's Gardener said...

I cannot wait to see them! I bet there is a wonderful aroma in the house.

RUTH said...

I'm so behind this year; not made a cake, pudding, pickled onions or sloe gin!
I salivating at the thought of your cake