Whilst I don’t actually like Christmas/Fruit cakes I decided I wanted to make one this Christmas. When I was watching the Lifestyle Food Channel one night recently Nigella’s Christmas special was on and she made a fantastic chocolate fruit cake. I immediately decided I had to make a version of it as my Christmas cake.
I love the idea of including cocoa in a fruit cake and using fruits that are a little more decadent and different to the usual fruits found in Christmas cake. So for my cake I used dates, cranberries, figs, apricots and sultanas. I also substituted Pedro Ximinez Sherry (which I have cooked with before when I made my poached pear clafoutis) for the coffee liquer that Nigella used.
This fruit cake is fantastic in that it doesn’t need to be made weeks or months in advance, like most fruit cakes, and better still it’s super easy and doesn’t even require a mixer.
I’ve only used fondant once before, not very successfully I’ll admit, so I decided to challenge myself and see what I could come up with in order to decorate the cake. So I decided to make some Christmas trees and a snowman for a winter scene. Whilst the process was quite fiddly and frustrating due to my lack of knowledge, I have to admit I am actually really pleased with the results.
So, do you like Christmas cake? What is your favourite Christmas cake recipe?