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How to bake a Christmas Cake (Part 2: Marzipan and Icing)

Has anyone else been eating actual metric tons of food this close to Christmas? I have, or at least it feels like I have. My calendar has been full of eating out plans – fun, but seriously – not good to be eating this much this close to Christmas. I’ll have to lose a hefty chunk of weight once we’re in January, or buy a whole new wardrobe.

 

Dec 15

Recent: an authentic Szechuan meal at Middle Kingdom on Princess street, delicious fried chicken & sweet potato fries at Yard and Coop in the Northern quarter, making meringues, and putting up my Christmas tree nice and early.

 

Anyway – it’s been 12 weeks, it’s a week until Christmas – which means that it’s high time to marzipan & ice your Christmas cake! Let’s get started.

 

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How to bake a Christmas Cake (Part 1: Baking & Feeding)

There are many funny things about Christmas in the UK, to the outsider’s eyes. The English like their traditions, especially when it comes to Christmas – certain foods need to make an appearance, otherwise Christmas isn’t Christmas. Think mince pies, roast potatoes, Quality Street, mulled wine. Christmas cake is definitely one of those foods – in the weeks before Christmas you’ll see it absolutely everywhere.

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