Best answer: When should I bake my Christmas cake?

It’s best to get baking around two or three months before Christmas. This gives you plenty of time to let it mature and ‘feed’ your Christmas Cake regularly as the big day approaches.

How do you store a Christmas cake after baking?

Wrap the cake in greaseproof paper or baking parchment then wrap it in aluminium foil. For storage, wrap the cake in a second layer of foil or in an airtight tin. You can repeat the feeding process every couple of weeks for three or four feeds.

Can you overcook Christmas cake?

Fruit cakes will burn on the bottom or crack on top if they’re baked at too high a temperature. Make sure you set your oven to the exact temperature given in the recipe. The burnt bottom can also occur if the cake is wrongly positioned in the oven.

How do you keep a Christmas cake moist?

To keep the cake moist, dark and packed full of flavour, you can ‘feed it’ by applying additional alcohol every month. Simply unwrap the cake, remove the plastic wrap and leave the baking paper in tact.

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When should I put marzipan on my Christmas cake?

The traditional coat of almond icing (marzipan) should be put on the cake a week before you want to ice it, to allow its oiliness to dry out. Cover the marzipan surface with a clean tea cloth and store out of the tin or container. Icing is best left to the last few days – in my case often until Christmas Eve.

How long does royal icing last on a Christmas cake?

How long does royal icing last? Before using royal icing, keep it covered tightly at room temperature (cling wrap works wonders, just make sure it’s touching the surface). Once used and dried, royal icing will remain intact for up to one month preserving all of your beautiful decorations.

How do you moisten a fruit cake after baking?

Keep Your Cake Moist

Along with setting your oven to the right temperature to ensure your fruit cake doesn’t end up unpleasantly dry, try adding a cup of applesauce to the batter. And to further prevent your cake from drying out, keep a pan of hot water on a lower rack in the oven to add moisture while it bakes.

Can I leave my Christmas cake to cool overnight?

Can you let a cake cool in the pan overnight? In short, yes. Since cakes need to cool completely before frosting or adding other decorations, it’s feasible to let non-perishable cakes sit in the pan overnight.

Why is my fruit cake wet in the middle?

It may be wet because of the alcohol depending when you last gave it a feed. Is it very wet or just a little sticky. Sometimes if fruit cake has not cooled sufficiently and is wrapped up it can cause a slimy wettness. If your cake is not slimy it should be fine.

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Why is my Christmas cake hard?

Too much fruit means there is not enough batter to hold it all together. Alternatively, too much sugar in a cake batter to crumble when you cut. Too little sugar can make the cake dense and tough.