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Unread 27 Oct 19, 05:46 PM  
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I liked the idea of the Delia one as always found her recipes quite easy to follow and had good success. Was put off by the nuts on the top so nice to know can leave out. Think DD will like the idea of feeding the cake and doing it traditionally I guess. Thanks for all the tips
Thanks to this thread I got organised today and have the fruit for 3 cakes sitting on the countertop soaking in brandy so thank you!

I usually wait to put the lemon and orange zest in when actually putting the mixture together and I also add the treacle in with the butter and sugar as I find it mixes in easier at that stage.
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I always did Nigella's Christmas Cake from her Christmas Book, but earlier this year I used Delia's Creole Christmas Cake recipe for DS and DDIL 2nd wedding cake (in the interests of fairness, first wedding cake was made by Bride's mother and used at the overseas part of the wedding).

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Everyone raved about it and because it was for a special occasion, I bought top quality raisins and currants from Holland and Barretts and fancy mixed peel from Waitrose and you could really tell the difference, no stalks or seeds and really yummy Caribbean flavours.
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I use Delia Smiths recipe and have done for years. I make a few for friends and family and it always goes down well.
It is perfectly fine to leave out cherries or mixed peel. I never put any nuts in mine.
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This is exactly what I do! I was taught to make it by my Grandma and keep up the tradition
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I use Delia Smiths recipe and have done for years. I make a few for friends and family and it always goes down well.
It is perfectly fine to leave out cherries or mixed peel. I never put any nuts in mine.
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I tend to use this recipe too for the weights but alter the fruit mix a bit. I chuck allsorts in!

Also, shes a bit shy with the soaking alcohol
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Another Delia fan - I love the reassuring text of her recipes. Add extra dates, no nuts, and we have very thirsty cakes!
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Thanks everyone-Delia Xmas cake now in the oven 😀
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Originally Posted by Disney_time View Post
I always did Nigella's Christmas Cake from her Christmas Book, but earlier this year I used Delia's Creole Christmas Cake recipe for DS and DDIL 2nd wedding cake (in the interests of fairness, first wedding cake was made by Bride's mother and used at the overseas part of the wedding).

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Everyone raved about it and because it was for a special occasion, I bought top quality raisins and currants from Holland and Barretts and fancy mixed peel from Waitrose and you could really tell the difference, no stalks or seeds and really yummy Caribbean flavours.
We have done the Creole cake several times. Soaking the fruit in all that booze for a week is amazing, you can get drunk jist opening the fridge!
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I have made many Christmas cakes over the years. The one I like best is the one by Mary Berry.
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