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Christmas-Cake-CServings: 20-24
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 3 hours

 

Ingredients

To soak

Zest of 2 oranges

70g (2 ½ oz) glace cherries, halved

70g (2 ½ oz) stem ginger, chopped

450g (1 lb) mixed dried fruit e.g currants, sultanas, raisins

100g (3 ½ oz) prunes, chopped

150g (5 oz) tropical fruit mix

300ml dark rum

Christmas Cake mix

175g (6 oz) Stork Block

175g (6 oz) muscovado sugar

4 medium eggs

2 tablespoons black treacle

200g (7 oz) plain flour, sieved together with

1 teaspoon mixed spice, and

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

100g (3 ½ oz) whole almonds, roughly chopped

Decoration

450g (1 lb) marzipan

Sieved apricot jam

500g pack regalice

1 x 23cm (9 inch) round silver board

Fruits to caramelise e.g. satsumas, redcurrants, grapes, cape gooseberries

250g granulated sugar

4 tablespoons water

Bayleaves

 

Method:

 

    1. A week before baking the cake, place all the ‘soak’ ingredients in a Tupperware container. Mix well, cover and leave for one week, shaking the container each day

 

    1. Place Stork and sugar in a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one by one with the treacle. Finally fold in flour, spices, nuts and the soaked fruits

 

    1. Place in a greased and double lined 20cm (8 inch) round cake tin. Smooth top with back of a wet metal spoon

 

    1. Bake on middle shelf of preheated oven 150°C, 140°C fan, Gas mark 2. Look at cake after first 2 ½ hours, then at regular ½ hourly intervals until cooked. Allow to cool before removing from tin

 

    1. To Cover with Marzipan: Brush the cake with apricot jam. Roll out the marzipan, with icing sugar to prevent sticking, into a circle large enough to cover the cake. Place over the cake and smooth over the top and sides. Trim edges

 

    1. Allow marzipan to dry 48 hours before icing

 

    1. Knead the white icing on a work surface dusted with icing sugar until soft and pliable. Roll out icing about 7.5cm (3 inches) larger all round than the top of the cake, place over cake and smooth over evenly until the cake is completely covered. Trim icing at bottom of cake

 

    1. Dissolve the granulated sugar in the water over a low heat until dissolved. Bring to the boil and cook until the sugar turns a golden caramel colour. Dip fruits into the caramel and leave on baking parchment to cool

 

    1. Decorate cake with caramelised fruits, bayleaves and tie a ribbon round