Thursday 7th November 2013
Oh the weather outside is frightful, but inside it’s so delightful! There’s simply no other food that’ll do, let us bake, let us bake, let us bake! Christmas is a time for gathering loved ones, remembering old friends and filling your homes with beautifully decorated cakes. Do you love or loathe traditional Christmas Cake? If you’re ready for a change or just not a fan of the candied fruit and marzipan delight, then read on to find out our favourite alternatives to Christmas cake.
Gorgeous, naughty and ever-so delicious, our Chocolate Fruit Cake is a smart option for an alternative Christmas cake if you don’t want to go completely off-piste.
This cake is oozing with fruit, rum, chocolate and spices, and unusually, pairs perfectly with marzipan should you want to keep things traditional. But at Christmas time calories don’t count, so we’ll be ok. If you want to go the extra mile, soak your sultanas in rum before adding to the mixture, they’ll plump up, stay moist and add an extra layer of festive cheer to your cake.
Sticking to the theme of alternative fruit cakes, how about trying a Tropical Fruit Cake? For a tropical fruit cake you’ll need to raid your store cupboard to find sultanas, dried apricots, dried pineapple, dried papaya, dried mango and glacé ginger.
What’s worth bearing in mind when planning on baking a fruit cake, is that it takes far longer to bake than a sponge cake. So this is definitely not a last minute bake. Leave about 4 hours to bake and make sure you keep your oven on a cool temperature. Don’t be tempted to turn up the heat, otherwise you’ll end up with a tropical mess.
Why keep up the pretence of Christmas cake if it’s simply not your favourite? Chocolate cake is perfect for Christmas – it’s decadent, tasty and the best loved cake (so unlikely to cause a family argument).
We’ve selected a recipe that includes dark chocolate, rather than milk, to give it a bitter twist against the sweet of the sugar.
Perhaps a controversial choice at first glance, but give the ingredients list a second look and you’ll see that this cake contains many of the spices and flavours that we a familiar with seeing in festive drinks such as mulled wine or turkey curry.
Spicy treats have a wonderful warming quality and this ginger cake will have your nose to your toes feeling toasty in just a few bites.
Not convinced? If you’re still hankering after the moist and fruity goodness of a traditional Christmas cake then don’t let us get in your way. Top with golden marzipan and white ready to roll icing, then decorate with a wonderland of holly leaves, presents or snowmen.