Christmas Cake Update
So on Friday the Minx and I worked on the Christmas Cake.
Here's one for the parenting police. We made lots of tiny holes in the cake with a skewer and then poured a couple of tablespoons of brandy over the top. The Minx is spreading the brandy over the cake to make sure it got properly impregnated. We've done this about three times since the cake was baked.
Next I made a vast quantity of marzipan using Delia's recipe which was super fiddly as the eggs and sugar are cooked over a gentle heat to make a meringue before the ground almonds are stirred in. It makes really good marzipan though.
Here is the cake all marzipanned and ready to go.
Because Christmas cake isn't made in the US there are no kitsch Christmas cake decorations for sale either, so the Minx and I decided to make some out of marzipan. Santa is still waiting for his snow white beard made of royal icing. The Husband insists that no Christmas cake is complete without a 'frozen pond' made from card and tin foil, so he's been told to make one of those, before I make some royal icing and assemble the whole thing by the middle of the week.