I gave this Christmas cake to a local Ms Centre that does excellent work looking after people who suffer from multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. They’re going to raffle it off to help raise some funds for the centre. They’re a registered UK charity and survive on the generosity of patrons, local businesses and donations.
It would be nice if we can all bake something for a charity this Christmas as fund-raising is a problem in this current financial climate.
The cake is an 8″ square rich fruit cake on a 12″ board. I used the recipe from Cakes & Cake Decorating, Step-by-Step (Angela Nilsen, Sarah Maxwell & Janice Murfitt). It contains currants, sultanas, raisins, glace cherries, chopped almonds, mixed peel, grated lemon rind, brandy, plain flour, mixed spice, nutmeg, ground almonds, soft butter, brown sugar, treacle and eggs. I also managed to feed it once before having to cover it.
It’s topped with marzipan, fondant and royal icing. I coloured the holly leaves with Holly Green, the berries with Christmas red, and the icy water for the penguin using Ice Blue and marbling it into white fondant. I made the royal icing slightly thinner than normal so that it loses sharp edges to look more like snow, and the fondant has holly crimped into it along the border of the board and the top edge of the cake.
If you don’t like rich fruit cake there’s also a fabulous light fruit cake recipe in the book that I’ve used previously for a birthday cake. It doesn’t have nuts in it so it’s ideal for anyone who has a nut allergy, so long as you don’t cover it in marzipan.
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