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Traditional Christmas Cake

Like marmalade English fruit cakes are an acquired taste. Already the family are looking less than enthusiastic about my very traditional Christmas cake. “Nah – sorry – that’s not my favourite Mum,” I keep hearing. I’m not judging them. It took me years to love this cake. Dried fruits and armagnac was definitely not my thing. Instead, like most kids, I’d pick off the marzipan and icing from the sides of the cake and hand the dark brown stuff to Dad who was and still is a voracious consumer of fruit cake. In many respects a traditional British Christmas cake is the ultimate in traditional cakes. Over 50% of this cake is made up of dried fruit with the added bonus of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and a good shot of alcohol. Marzipan which surrounds the cake is one of the oldest confectionaries dating back to the middle-ages. The pure white royal icing is a later Victorian addition and you can ditch it if you want – but that whiteness is a real beauty if you …