How To Bake Christmas Cake
Christmas is the time for celebrations . Learn how to bake a Christmas cake at home by following our baking tips. We bet your Christmas eve will turn out to be a joyous occasion courtesy the memorable Christmas cake.
- Flour: It is advisable to use self-rising flour for baking Christmas Cake. However, if you want to use all-purpose flour, for every 1 cup of flour, use ¼ tsp salt and ½ tsp for baking powder.
- Brown sugar: The flavoring, moistening, and coloring agent of Christmas cakes, it brings in a delightful flavor. Use 1/8 oz of brown sugar for every 1 oz of all-purpose flour used.
- Butter: Butter adds richness and softness to the cake. Use flour and butter in 1:1 ratio.
- Spices: You can use a wide variety of spices including mixed spice, nutmeg, mixed peel, orange rind, and lemon rind to enrich the cake flavor.
- Dry fruits: Dry fruits are important ingredients of Christmas cakes. Use an assortment of currants, sultanas, and raisins in the same amount of flour used, that is 1:1 proportion. Add glazed cherries in the proportion of 1/8th of flour used. That is, for every 1 oz of flour, use 1/8 oz of cherries.
- Brandy/Rum/Sherry: The alcohol gives a delightful flavor to these celebration cakes. While traditionally brandy is preferred, you can also use sherry or rum. You just need 3 tbsp for soaking the dry fruits.
- Eggs: The dough binders, eggs tenderize the batter and keep it moistened and soft.
- You should always soak dry fruits overnight in the brandy. Keep stirring often for even absorption of alcohol by the dried fruits.
- Preheat oven to 325°F or to the temperature specified by the recipe.
- While lining the cake tin, always take care to fit the greaseproof liner into corners. This is essential to give the cake a good shape.
- Bring the butter and eggs to room temperature before creaming.
- Always sift flour, sugar, and spices before mixing.
- Add butter to dry mixture and cream well. Then add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.
- Fold in the dry fruits only after creaming butter well.
- Place a baking tin filled with 2 pints water at the bottom rack of oven to moisten the oven atmosphere.
- Do not open the oven door before cake is completely baked.
- Once the cake is cold, sprinkle a little soaking mixture.
- Wrap the cake in greaseproof paper and foil, and store in a cool dry place. Feed a little soaking mixture after few weeks.
- Frost the cake just the day before Christmas and allow the frosting to set overnight.
Voila! Your cake is ready. Now that you have learnt how to bake a Christmas cake, make the festive day even merrier!
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