Christmas Cake.

The 2014 Christmas Cake has officially been baked. Probably one of my favourite cakes to make but the process is definitely time consuming, soaking fruit, 4.5 hour bake, continually plying with alcohol. I am 100% Team Delia for the recipe. However, notice that the Classic Christmas Cake recipe and How to make a Christmas cake recipe, vary ever so slightly. So I decided to go with the boozier version!

First steps, measure your fruit, add the alcohol and let soak for 12 hours or overnight.

Delia's Christmas Cake

Delia's Christmas Cake

So much glistening!
Delia's Christmas Cake

(Side-note, yes I changed kitchens, ended up going home, with soaked fruit on a train.)

Christmas candle and the Christmas cooking bible.

Delia's Christmas Cake

Delia's Christmas Cake

Necessary Christmas jumper.

Delia's Christmas Cake

Delia's Christmas Cake

Oh my, the fruit smelt strong!

Delia's Christmas Cake

A lot of mixing and folding is required in this recipe.

Delia's Christmas Cake

All finished.

Delia's Christmas Cake

Delia's Christmas Cake

Tin lined, thanks Mum for doing this. Despite a degree in engineering, I get slightly confused by lining cake tins.

Delia's Christmas Cake

Delia's Christmas Cake

Oven ready.

Delia's Christmas Cake

In the oven for the 4.5 hour bake.

Delia's Christmas Cake

Post-bake, the cracks do disappear when the cake cools.

Delia's Christmas Cake

Delia's Christmas Cake

All ready for Christmas, will be adding more brandy to the cake on a weekly basis.

Delia's Christmas Cake

Delia's Christmas Cake

Not sure how I am going to ice it!