A delightful Christmas cake might be dark or light, sticky wet to crumbly moist, heavy to spongy, unleavened or leavened, shaped square, oblong or round, as fairy cakes, whole cakes, or with the petit fours, with icing, marzipan, dusting, glazing, with plain and icing sugar.
If your Christmas cake is being covered in cake icing, it’s quite a common term for the cake to be decorated with the models of fir trees, houses, or Santa Claus might be in line of Christmas decorations.
A specific favorite of most people is the customary and traditional Scottish type Christmas cake, i.e. named ‘Whisky Dundee.’
As its name goes, this cake got originated in the Dundee and is totally made with the Scotch whisky. It appears as a crumble and light cake, décor with candied peel and fruits.
The peels include only raisins, currants, cherries and the sultanas. This type of Christmas cake is certainly considered best for those people who don’t love the moist and rich cakes. As in all the fruitcakes, other nuts or almonds may be replaced by some people who don’t like them or who are nut allergies.
At the another end of this Christmas cake band, this apple crème type Christmas cake seems to be a heavy mixture of the finely sliced raisins, apples, and some other fruits with cream cheese, eggs, and the heavy whipping type cake cream.
In the center of this gamut comes the mincemeat type of Christmas cake, for sure which is the traditional type cake for all vegetarian mincemeat, properly mixed with eggs, flour, etc., in order to get it transformed into a Christmas cake batter; or even it might be also steamed like a Christmas pudding.
So, you have the options to choose any of the cakes you would like to have this Christmas and New Year Eve.
Christmas cake Recipes
Christmas is the grand occasion to cherish tour joy and feelings with your family and friends. So, why not make this festivity more enthusiastic by baking the Christmas cake yourselves.
Here are some recipes of the most popular type of Christmas cakes provided.
Pineapple and Cherry Upside-Down Sandwich Cake
This wistful sponge layered-cake is like a trip down to your memory lane, and fits to any afternoon party of tea – filled all along generously with vanilla cream and jam.
- 50g of packed butter, also melted, and a knob for greasing
- 250g of golden caster one sugar, and 2 tbsp.
- 1 can of the pineapple rings
- 3 glacé of cherries, and halved
- 300g of plain flour
- 1 tsp. of baking powder
- ½ tsp. of vanilla extract
- 4 large sized eggs
- some icing sugar, for the dusting
For Cake Filling
- 6 tbsp. of cherry jam
- 250ml of double cream
- 1 tbsp. of caster sugar
- ½ tsp. of vanilla extract
- Heat up oven to the 180C or 160C fan, or on gas 4.
- Grease up a 2 x 20cm round cake tin and also line its sides and bases with the baking parchment.
- Scatter 2 tbsp. of caster sugars at base of one any one of tins.
- Then, drain pineapple over any bowl to fetch its juices.
- Measure now 100ml of this juice into any big mixing glass bowl.
- Pat dry the 3 of pineapple rings with a kitchen paper and make them halve in a horizontal manner.
- Arrange it in to sugared tin, and add glacé cherries.
- Also, add melted butter, vanilla, flour, eggs, sugar, baking powder, and vanilla to this pineapple juice.
- Beat this mixture with the electric whisk till it gets smooth.
- Divide this mixture now evenly between the given tins. It should be in running mode, enough for pouring down over full pineapple to get it covered.
- Bake for at least 30 minutes or till a brochette gets poked into middle and also comes out clean.
- Leave it for at least 5 minutes, and then turn out the hot cake onto the wire rack (having the pineapple’s side up).
- Now, peel off its parchment and let it cool.
- Spread the required jam over this cooled sponge, without this pineapple.
- Whisk the sugar, cream, and vanilla till the thick layer, and then again spoon over the jam.
- Gently let it sit at the pineapple’s sponge on the top.
- Dust with little of the icing sugar.
- Best to eat in the 48 hours.
Christmas Fruit Cake
Christmas fruit cakes are rich in flavor, taste and delight. You can bake a fruit cake at your Christmas Eve to surprise your family members and friends.
Try out the fruit Christmas fruit cake recipe given here below, to enjoy your Eve more passionately.
Easy Apple Fruit Christmas cake
This apple fruit cake includes all the fruit flavors of this coming Christmas season, but it won’t take the ages to get baked.
You can also decorate it in any way that you feel for the most. It’s also an ideal among the wedding cakes too.
- 200g of butter, and softened, also some extra for the greasing
- 200g of dark muscovado brand sugar
- 3 beaten eggs
- 1 tbsp. of black treacle
- 200g of self-raising one flour
- 2 tsp. of mixed spice
- 1 tsp. of baking powder
- 2 eating raw apples, also grated (average of 100gm each)
- 300gm of mixed raisins and sultanas
- Heat the oven up to 180C of fan or 160Cat gas to 4.
- Butter plus line up the bottom of a round, deep, 20cm of cake tin along with a greaseproof paper.
- Beat all the first seven of ingredients al together in large bowl (the electric one hand- beaters will be the best for it), till thick and pale.
- Using a huge metal spoon, fold gently the fruit till it gets evenly combined.
- Spoon this cake batter in a tin and let it bake for about 50 minutes to 1 hour or till the fruit cake becomes dark golden, springy to touch and shrunk from this tin slightly.
- A skewer is inserted at its center, will also come out as clean when this cake gets ready.
- Cool it completely before starting the decoration.
- Should be kept and wrapped in the ice or airtight container, up to seven days period only.
- Also, it may be frozen as in un-iced condition for a month period.
- Always defrost this fruit cake fully just before decorating and serving.
Christmas tree Cake
Leave the bling and tinsel for this Christmas tree cake and make it tasteful and simple, with the finishing touch to this homemade cake.
To decorate and cover the tree cake
- 1¼kg of white ready for rolling the icing
- icing sugar, required for dusting and rolling
- blue icing for coloring (custom)
Also you will require
- cooled, and boiled water
- 150cms of colored ribbon, of about 1cm in width
- star cutters, in between 5 to10cms size
- 5mms of piping nozzle or the drinking straw
- Once this marzipan gets dry on your tree cake, brush all of it over using water for dampening the surface.
- Cut off about 750gms of icing, and re-wrap rest one.
- Dust the cake’s worktop with the icing sugar.
- Knead this icing till smooth and pliable.
- Now roll out for laying it over the tree cake in same way you have done with marzipan.
- Leave it to get completely dry overnight.
- For stars, cut all remaining icing into halves.
- Knead small spot from the icing color, in a half till it gets evenly as pale blue.
- Cut it down into halves.
- Work a more blue color into any piece for making it darker.
- Piece to piece, roll away the blue and white icings much thick than a coin of £1.
- Stamp out at least 40 of the stars, re-trimming and rolling.
- Push a straw or piping nozzle through the centers to create holes.
- Lift onto the rack, and dry it in any cool and dry place for at least 24 hours; and even longer if it’s possible for you can.
- Once it gets dry, knot an 80cms of lengthy ribbon loosely at its one end.
- Thread it with stars.
- Untie this knot.
- Also, tie this ribbon into a bow, getting assured that stars are all slanting in same direction.
- Once the cake is dried up, you can pick up your star wreath carefully, and lay it over the top of your cake.
- Get that remaining ribbon fixed around the cake’s bottom line, using little glue or tape.
Christmas Cake Decoration Ideas
Christmas may be considered as a hectic and busiest time of whole year around, even if it’s not that much enjoyable. Simplify all that whatever you can, like decorating your cake, as there may be probably more things, you must be doing for. Spend some of your extra time among your dear ones, despite of decorating your Christmas cake, which will devour in few minutes.
Use the candy shapes for decorating your cake in this festive season. The Poinsettia candies or the miniature canes candy provide for the simplest type of decorations that will work with your holiday.
Make a rectangle and square cake to look like Christmas gift by allover covering your cake with the small candy like shapes, for resembling the wrapping paper. Create red ribbon and its bow out of the unrolled or licorice fruit snack.
Decorate an oval or round cake in order to look as a drum. Use the colorful frosting method to create a simple and striped pattern on sides of your cake. Line its top as well as bottom of all sides of your cake with the round candies. Lay out two of the licorice sticks at the top of your cake to resemble like the drumsticks.
Non-edible type of items can also decorate your cake well. Use the clean type plastic toys or some other object. Cover some piece of a cardboard with the aluminum foil and little icing, which matches your cake, in case you don’t feel to set some non-edible toppings directly on the top of your cake.
Small snow globes, toy trains, and some other Christmas decorations can be the alternative options.
Use the colored type of icing for drawing the decorations on your cake.
For example, you can draw a train over your cake, or may also decorate a chain of 3 loaves of cakes which is similar to a Christmas train, using different icing colors for drawing on toys and windows showing all through it.