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Lyle’s Classic Christmas Cake

Prep

1hr 30 mins

Bake

3.5 hours

Serves

10+

Difficulty

Hard

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Special occasions deserve special cakes. This rich, luxuriant pudding is perfect for your memorable Christmas dinner.

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Create a very special Christmas cake:

Instructions

Step 1

Shake together the whisky or brandy, the orange juice and zest, vanilla, 1 tablespoon of Lyle’s Golden Syrup and the mixed spice, using a large saucepan. Add the raisins, cranberries, prunes, cherries, candied peel and nuts.

Step 2

Stir, bring to just under the boil, then turn down to a simmer for 5 minutes. Stir once or twice, until the liquid has been absorbed and the fruit has plumped up nicely. Leave to cool.

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 140°C/120° Fan, 275°F, Gas 1 with the shelf set on the middle. Cream together the butter, Lyle’s Golden Syrup and the Tate&Lyle Dark Muscovado Sugar, in a large mixing bowl, then add the flour, eggs and salt. Mix well until smooth, then stir in the fruit mixture until well combined.

Step 4

Spoon into a 20cm (8”) round cake tin (greased, with the base and sides lined with a double thickness of baking parchment). Level the surface and make a gentle hollow in the middle (you don’t want the cake to peak too much). Bake for 3 hours then cover with a double thick layer of parchment paper. Bake the cake for a further 20-30 minutes or until the centre springs back nicely when lightly touched.

Step 5

Cool the cake in the tin for 30 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling. Peel off the paper.

Step 6

Optional: Got time to do a special job? Feed the cake with whisky or brandy at intervals over a month to enrich it. To do this you will need to poke holes in the cake with a fine skewer or cocktail stick and then drip about 2 tablespoons of the alcohol over the top each time. Wrap in foil between feeding the cake and store in an airtight container – it will last for up to 3 months. Transfer the cake to a 25.5cm (10”) round cake board.

Step 7

Heat the jam and water in a small pan for 2-3 minutes, stir to combine, then brush all over the cake.

Step 8

Roll out the marzipan on a surface dusted with Icing Sugar to slightly larger than the cake. Cover the cake, cut away the excess and leave out to dry. One day later, brush the marzipan with water and cover the cake with the rolled-out fondant (slightly larger than the cake), cut away the excess and leave out to dry.

Step 9

Thinly reroll the excess fondant – you should have about 95g (3½oz) left. Stamp out 8 snowflakes with a 6cm (2½”) cutter, dipping each one into a little Tate&Lyle Icing Sugar each time. Use the edible ‘glue’ to stick the snowflakes around the edge of the cake. Alternatively make your own edible glue: Mix 1 tablespoon of Tate&Lyle Icing Sugar with a drop of water.

Step 10

Stick the silver balls onto the snowflakes. Leave to dry for a minimum of 2 hours before storing in an airtight container.

Step 11

Wind a ribbon around the base of the cake, cut to fit and secure with icing. Serve!

Ingredients

Serving

1

FOR THE CAKE

Whisky or brandy

12 tbsp
Orange

Medium orange, juiced & zested

1
Vanilla

Dr Oetker Madagascan Vanilla Extract

3 tsp

Mixed spice

2 tsp
Raisins

Raisins

450 g
Cranberries

Cranberries

Dried

225 g

Prunes, roughly chopped

110 g
Glace-cherries

Glacé cherries, halved, rinsed, dried & finely chopped

50 g

Chopped candied peel

110 g
Blanched almonds

Blanched almonds

Roughly chopped

50 g
Butter

Unsalted butter, softened

250 g
Lyle's-golden-syrup

Lyle’s Golden Syrup

125 g
Fairtrade Light Muscovado

Fairtrade Tate & Lyle Light Muscovado Sugar

125 g
Flour

Self raising flour

250 g
Eggs

Large eggs

Lightly beaten

5
Salt-table

Salt

1/2 tsp

TO FEED THE CAKE (OPTIONAL)

Whisky or brandy

225 ml

FOR THE DECORATION

Apricot-jam

Apricot jam, for decoration

3 tbsp
Water

Water

1 tbsp
Marzipan

Dr Oetker Ready To Roll White Marzipan

600 g
Fairtrade Cane Icing Sugar

Fairtrade Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar

To dust

1 tbsp

Dr Oetker Ready To Roll Regal Ice White Icing

700 g

Silver edible cake pearls

Fairtrade Cane Icing Sugar

Fairtrade Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar

& water or Edible cake glue

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