Christmas Special #4: Christmas Cake

Christmas cake - The Cupcake Confession

I KNOW I AM LATE!
This post should’ve been floating here in virtual space almost 5 days ago!
Shame on you, Samina!
I know this excuse has probably been used more number of times than it should have. So no points for guessing what I was upto! *Assignments* *sigh*
A VERYYYY MERRRRRY CHRISTMAS GUYS!!!!
HO HO HO!
How did you spend your Christmas?
Mine was EXCELLENT!
Festive meals, festive cake, festive music! Oh!!!! Brilliant!
And this Christmas was very special to my heart! Why, you ask? I wish I could explain everything, but I believe I’ll just have to wait for the right time to ramble more about this!

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And now! There’s just one day to go before we bid adieu to 2013!
*Shoots hand in the air and starts dancing*
*Not a very pretty sight, mind you!*
So, I’m guessing you already must have had your Christmas cake!!

*that is really poor quality chocolate decorations I admit!!!! Btw, if you haven’t figured out yet, that’s a wreath! Thank You! * 😀

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But if you haven’t, you can still make this beauty for New Year’s! It’s just a perfect celebratory cake!
Like I said, I had the dried fruits soaking in brandy for nearly a month so the cake had a lovely rich flavour to it that I just cannot get over! If you haven’t, you can totally skip this step and soak them in alcohol overnight! If alcohol is not your cup of tea {hahaha, this is gonna sound funny}, you can soak it in black tea too!
😀
Told ya!
Okay, maybe it wasn’t that funny!

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So, here’s the Christmas cake that I have been longing to share with you!
Christmas cake
250 gms mixed dried fruits {currants, raisins, dates, prunes, apricots}
150 mls brandy
175 gms butter
200 gms all purpose flour
150 gms dark brown muscavado sugar
Zest of one orange
Juice of one orange
2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon clove powdered
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Method:
1. Soak your dried fruits in brandy {or black tea} overnight /1 month
2. After they have soaked and plumped up, add in the zest and juice of an orange
3. In a separate dry bowl, mix the spices and the flour, baking powder and baking soda
4. In another bowl, blend together butter and sugar
5. Add in eggs slowly
6. Tip in the mixed, soaked dry fruits
7. Mix well
8. Add the flour mix into the liquid mixture
9. Pour into a greased and parchment-lined cake tin
10. Bake in a preheated oven of 160 degrees for 1 hour and 30 minutes

To make the royal Icing:
Ingredients:
1 cup icing sugar
1 egg white
½ teaspoon lime juice
Method:
1. Add the lime juice to egg white
2. Beat with hand blender or in stand mixer till it gets frothy
3. Keep adding the icing sugar in small additions till it reaches a favourable consistency
4. If you want a firmer icing, you can add more icing sugar gradually

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12 thoughts on “Christmas Special #4: Christmas Cake

  1. My Christmas was lovely and went by too fast, as always. This cake looks delicious. I’d eat it even after Christmas!
    Special Christmas and future news?! You definitely have me curious. 😉
    Merry Christmas and have a happy and healthy new year!

  2. Oh my…would you be totally mad at me if I drooled all over this cake? Because I’m afraid it would happen… it’s ssssoooo fantastic looking! Seriously, if I could reach into my screen and eat it, I so totally would. Delish! And Samina? Those moody dark photos with the burlap? Absolutely FABULOUS darling. I simply love them. Fantastic job! Happy New Year talented girl.

  3. **Sorry!** Forgot to say “Pinned!”
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    Oh my…would you be totally mad at me if I drooled all over this cake? Because I’m afraid it would happen… it’s ssssoooo fantastic looking! Seriously, if I could reach into my screen and eat it, I so totally would. Delish! And Samina? Those moody dark photos with the burlap? Absolutely FABULOUS darling. I simply love them. Fantastic job! Happy New Year talented girl.

  4. Can’t wait for the news…. aahhhhhh I hope everything’s perfect for you!
    Also, your pics for this are gorgeous. I mean, a-m-a-z-i-n-g. You’re so talented! And I bet that the cake tastes lovely too, yummm! Happy New Year Samina! xxxx

  5. Wow! What a stunning cake. It’s never too late to enjoy Christmas cake in my opinion. The flavors are winter perfect and it’s pretty cold here these day. What I wouldn’t give for a slice of this delicious cake. Happy New Year dear!!

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