Hi everyone! On today’s day of Xmas I thought I’d share with you a yummy festive food! 🎵 A couple of weeks ago I bought a Christmas cake mix from Tesco for €5.99, I’m telling you this because it’s gone down to €4.99 and I’m absolutely livid!…but what’s a euro between friends? 😑😂 (My time in the kitchen was basically spent moaning about this euro so a euro between friends must be a lot! 😂).
I had been wanting to try out a cake like this for a while as not only am I slowly getting back into having cake again aside from the odd slice on Birthdays (I’m not crazy about it as my mum owns a cake business so I see enough of them as it is 😂) but I also wanted to see if I now like fruit in a cake as I only started liking mince pies last year after hating them and all forms of dried fruit so maybe my taste buds are changing and open to new flavours like this gorgeous looking cake! 😋 (Yep definitely changing as I would never have thought this looked gorgeous when I was younger 👍😂).
I thought this cake mix would be a good idea as the recipe instructs it to be put away so that the flavours develop so I have made it so that it will be taken out on Christmas Eve as an early festive treat! Here’s how it was prepared!
The box included all of the dry ingredients (e.g spices) and two bags of fruit (sultanas, cranberries, candied orange peel) so all I needed to add was:
150g unsalted butter
It is suitable for vegetarians although my sister will not be able to have it because it’s not gluten free.
1. Firstly I pre-heated the oven to 170°C and then I lined the sides and base of a 20cm cake tin with greaseproof paper.
2. I emptied the contents of the dry cake mix into a bowl (the spices smelt amazing! 😋 They wafted up into my face 😂).
and then I beat through the softened butter until all was combined whereupon I added the eggs and mixed. It doesn’t look very nice until the fruit is added but you have to soldier on! 👊😂
3. After that I added the two bags of fruit and stirred it all together so that the fruit would be evenly dispersed throughout the cake mix (well I hoped so anyway! 😂) Tesco were very generous with the amount of fruit provided and it more than made up for the price of the box 🙄😂
4. I then poured the cake mix into the lined tin and popped it in the oven for an hour!
⏱ After that hour I tested it to see if it was done with a skewer and it was! (If it hadn’t of been done I would have had to put it back in the oven for an extra 10-15 minutes).
5. I left it to cool completely in the tin before I removed it (and all of the greaseproof paper).
and then I wrapped it up in some fresh greaseproof paper and cling film.
Like I mentioned at the beginning this is a very different recipe than usual as the cake was wasn’t eaten! It was instead put away so that the flavours can develop in a dry place and be taken out on Christmas Eve. I will probably put some icing on it so that it has some extra flavour aside from the fruit and spices and is not so dry. Until then there is no telling what it actually tastes like but it was definitely fun to make! 😂 I will be sure to let you how it goes down after Christmas day itself! 😋🎄
Thank you for reading day 10 of 12 days of Xmas! 🎄 Are you trying any new foods around this time of year? Let me know and have a lovely day! 😉❤