Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Easy Christmas Cake!

 This is where I post my

Grandma Lily's
tried and tested
Christmas cake recipe!

Where I tell you that it's been
handed through 5 generations.

I come clean and tell you
my secret.

ready made christmas cake,
fed with Brandy every
couple of weeks,
from now until Christmas
when I shall ice it.

I just take the lid off,
unwrap the layer covering the top and
dribble a couple of big spoonfuls of brandy
over it's skewered surface.

Then wrap it up again,
and secure the lid on the tin!


The cake cost about £3.50.
I have no left over ingredients to go off in the cupboards,
no mess to clean up,
or worry if it's under or over cooked.

My usual messy snow storm of royal icing
will be in order...
my Grandma Lily always did this design
and then my Mum,
now little me too!
The boys can help, just like
I used to when I was there age.

So, I have no feelings of guilt,
it'll still feel homemade
and lovingly tended to,
and hopefully,
taste divine.

Go on... do the same!

You don't have to be as honest as me though!

Love Claire. x


bekimarie said...

I always make my own undr my Mothers orders as she can't cook 'hehe' but I must confess, I'm tempted to take your path this year.
Do you think she'll notice ;o)

B xxx

Taz said...

How much of that brandy actually makes it into the cake though Mrs? LOL

A Treasured Past said...

What a great idea Claire, normally my mum and dad make the cake but this year they have decided not too. We might do the same as you, I hadn't thought to add the brandy to a store cake. Fab! Tamara

Nana Go-Go said...

A girl after my own heart!And I have the perfect tin to put it in! Thanks Claire. x

Poppy said...

I would not dream of doing something like that! I make mine from should be named and shamed in blog land. ;0) xxx

It does look lovely though!

Lou xxx

Alijane said...

You are a cheeky devil Claire, I really thought we were in for a handed down the generatins recipe. What a great idea though!

Food for thought as they say!


Flossie and Tom said...

Fantastic idea !!! I may be partaking in your handed down recipe - I'll just tell everyone its a secret recipe handed to me by a very good friend whose family have been making it for years :) I wont actually be fibbing will I ???

Southern Queen Bee said...

Sounds really yummy!
Wanted you to know any time you cross the pond you are very welcome to stay at my home...
Have a great week,
Southern Queen Bee

Josie-Mary said...

I made one a few years ago, it cost loads & had to cook forever! Never again, I'm with you Clarie...might go & buy one today :) x

delia hornbook said...

O Claire you are so brave and so honest ;-)) I have made mine and one for my mum a few weeks ago i have to say they are so easy to make and the smell that wonders through the house is just ohhhh yummy. But i don't blame you in the slightest for doing it your way YOU GO GIRL ;-))) Dee x

bellaboo said...

Ooh Claire,you little tease you! Was waiting for the special family recipe.Have lovely memories of stirring Mum's Xmas cake and we always had to make a wish.Mine would have been... I hope Father Christmas brings me that teddy/pram/game or whatever.
Love your tin btw! :o)

Florence and Mary said...

You little cheat! ;o)

Victoria xx

Diane said...

I have lovely memories of making CHristmas cke with my "mamas". Sadly, only me eats it now and its north worth making for one (i'd end up 20 stone!). Cut me a slice and I'll be round - I like mine with a slice of Wenslydale. xxxxx

A Thrifty Mrs said...

My MIL makes enough cake to feed the 5000 so I've yet to do anything but help when it comes to Christmas cakes.

Shachar said...

I have been searching for a christmas cake recipe after being reminded of it watching old episodes of All Creatures...if you have a good one I'd love to be pointed in the right direction. Sadly no Tescos in US..
Looks wonderful! Can't wait to see it frosted

Kelly said...

Very sensible!! I don't like christmas cake, mince pies or Christmas pudding! Boring aren't i!!!