‘Tis the season to be jolly! ‘Tis also the season to bake traditional Christmas cakes if they aren’t already maturing in a cupboard. Usually consisting of copious quantities of dried fruit and alcohol, this is a holiday favourite. There are many different ways of putting this type of cake together, so let’s get started, shall we?
The Simmer-&-stir Christmas Cake from BBC Good Food. This is a lovely looking cake that is easy on effort. The recipe is for a 20cm (approx. 8 inch) round tin.
The one and only Delia’s guide on How to make a Christmas cake will take you through the steps to make a Christmas cake of epic proportions. Don’t be fooled by the 8 inch tin requirements, this cake is full to the brim thanks to an amazing recipe. Be prepared to start making this cake the night before it will be baked.
The BBC are offering up two more delights that are twists on the traditional ingredients. First up is their Gluten-free Christmas Cake. This recipe has even more reason to feel pleased with itself, having the potential to be soya, dairy, egg, and nut free. There’s no added sugar, either! Their second offering is, well, less health conscious. The chocolate fruit cake is there for those that feel their traditional Christmas cake is lacking something, namely: chocolate.
Looking for more vegan options? Suma and Doves Farm have super scrumptious recipes just waiting to be made. Suma has a vegan Christmas cake recipe that includes (optional) alcohol. The Doves Farm recipe for Vegan Christmas Cake doesn’t have the option for alcohol. Though, when I was growing up, alcohol in Christmas baking was an option taken even when it wasn’t offered.
For those feeling nostalgic for a Christmas cake of old, here’s Mary Berry’s Victorian Christmas cake. There is a distinct lack of outrageous icing and marzipan, but for those wanting something a little different, this could be an excellent choice.
The Store Bought Christmas Cake. There is no shame in Christmas cake from the grocery store. Even one that’s already iced. And decorated. It’s Christmas; enjoy the feast, don’t stress over the bake.
N.B. Let’s not forget the No Bake Christmas Cake. Step 1: Drink alcohol. Step 2: Eat dried fruit. Step 3: Be merry!