See Traditional Christmas Cake Part I, for the recipe, details, before decorating photo and other blurbs.
Traditional Christmas Cake Part II
I’m late on this, late to post it. I’ve been uber busy, let’s just say. I’ve been baking a few times. I made standard cupcakes, blueberry muffins, and some other cupcakes that I have yet to post, possibly tomorrow. Things just haven’t gone our way lately. My car (which is less than 2 yrs old) broke down and it didn’t just break down, it broke down in diva style! Insert key > turn > car throws huge hissy fit and shook so much the entire vehicle just vibrated [err, no!]
Anyway, back to cake. So I finished the Christmas fruit cake. I fed it with Brandy again. Let’s just say I’m never buying ready rolled marzipan or icing again. What a nightmare! I covered my cake with ready rolled Marzipan and that wasn’t too bad, but not good either (specially since I bought a great well-known brand). But when I got to the ready rolled icing, I left it to sit at room temperature since it was stored in a cupboard which is quite cold inside. Tried to unroll it and it either just stuck to the supposed non-stick paper or cracked. So I ended up just throwing it in a pile and kneading with icing sugar and rolling again myself. It wasn’t too bad but it really is quite poor. It cracked when I was smoothing too and I had to fix best I could but all in all, I wasn’t impressed with the icing’s end result. I did colour some icing in Christmas red and green and cut out some snowflakes. You cannot see the green snowflakes in the picture, but it’s there (green hue blur on back).
Decorated with a Santa popping out of a chimney, a snowman and a penguin. I popped the penguin on a red snowflake but after I had finished decorating and stepped back to look, he looks more like he’s sat on an iceberg! 🙂 Popped a “Merry Christmas” sign on and applied some ribbon as a finishing touch.
I’m sorta happy overall. My mum commented on how nice it is today and said she was impressed to say it’s my first Christmas cake. I just wished the icing was more smooth. When I covered my last test-run (umm, I ate it all) Christmas cake, I made my own sugar paste icing and that came out fine so it must’ve been the ready-roll. *shrug*
Ah well, another point to add to experience. I do think it looks quite pretty and it’ll taste fantastic. Just can’t wait to get my munchers around it now.
Must.not.eat.it. Must.wait.till.christmas. Chant with me! 😀
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