'Feeding' your christmas cake is more like giving it a drink. This keeps the sponge moist and makes the flavours really sing. Here's how to do it!
It may be still November, but if you're serious about cake, your Christmas cake should be baked and starting to need feeding already.
First of all, what kind of alcohol should you use? Strong spirits are perfect - rum, brandy, whisky... A cherry brandy, amaretto, or orange liqueur can be tasty too. You can also use orange juice, but where's the fun in that?!
How to feed your Christmas cake
1. With a skewer, poke holes all over the top through to the bottom while the cake is still warm in the tin. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of alcohol over the top.
2. Unwrap the cake from it's parchment when it's cooled, and re-wrap with parchment and foil.
3. Feed it as above every fortnight until a week before you plan to decorate it. If the cake is too moist it will be more difficult to ice.
Top tip: If your cake leaves a damp patch on the work surface, stop feeding it for a couple of weeks. No one wants a soggy mess. It is possible to over-feed your cake, so three or four times should be your maximum dosage.
Remember, no matter how much you feed it or how well you wrap it, lighter sponges with a lower fruit content will not keep as long. However, Christmas cakes can be frozen before decorating, which can help you get ahead in the kitchen before the 25th.
Good luck, let me know how you get on!
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