Day 54

Christmas cake

Nothing really happened today – in a good way.

My daughter was at a friend’s on a sleepover (which I secretly loathe), so I got a rare lie in and read House and Garden cover to cover, which was such a treat.

Then I got into bed with my mum and watched the Remembrance ceremony at the Cenotaph on the telly. She watches it every year and it was nice to share it with her, especially like Morecombe and Wise sitting up in bed together.

I’m keenly aware that there might not be that many more opportunities to share such moments with her.

I bought the ingredients to make my first ever Christmas cake.

I am conquering my food challenges, one by one, with meringues, souffles, curries, stock, risotto and casseroles all under my belt.

After having finally mastered pastry this year (thank you, Nigella…) it’s time to do the fruit cake.

I’m planning to make the marzipan myself too and to do all the royal icing malarkey, with some kind of quaint snow scene on the top (because that’s what we had on the Christmas cake when we were kids…).

I love the jolly chap at the top and I could do penguins as a tribute to Monty the Penguin, who already owns this Christmas for me (the toy has already sold out and are being flogged on eBay…).

images83NJFGZ3These are chic (if a little lurid).

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But of course, it could well come out looking like these gems from the joy that is Cake Wrecks…

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4 thoughts on “Day 54

  1. Fruit cakes are easy, and forgiving. You’ll wonder why you held off all these years. Royal icing and marzipan can be slightly challenging but there is nothing like a traditional Christmas cake to have with a cup of tea on Christmas afternoon. I look back now and realise that my mother and aunts fed everyone Christmas cake in the afternoon in an effort to curb the alcohol consumption of my father and uncles!

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  2. Hmmmm… sounds like I should let myself off making the marzipan this first time then… Thanks so much for the encouragement. I’m drooling at the thought of it now – love the crunch of the icing, the squidge of the marzipan and then the chewy fruity cake. Bring it on!

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  3. I wouldn’t even know where to start with home made marzipan. I don’t think it’s ever occurred to me you could make it! I always make my cake though and royal icing is quite straight forward if you have a good mixer. One of my most prized appliances is a kitchen aid mixer and if you don’t have one, this is a perfect excuse to get one.

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  4. My 84 year old aunt, the last remaining sibling of my much missed mum, still makes a truckload of Christmas cakes to distribute to family and the needy. We are looking forward to our parcel. I’ve never been brave enough. I used to love Mum’s Christmas pud circus every year – our contribution was stirring in the sixpences.

    Being able to spend time together as three generations is so lovely – what a beautiful time you must have had in Eastbourne. And sharing your mother’s Remembrance Day ritual, tucked up in bed together, is a really golden memory to tuck away.

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