To be honest with you, I don’t particularly like christmas cake! I love the Almond paste though! Every year Myself and my mother use this recipe to make the cake! I’m in charge of the icing! Well I take over!! It is quite a lengthy process so be prepared of you’re going to try this one!
There will be more photos added later!
350g brown sugar
150g mixed peel
150g blanched almonds
zest of 2 lemons
zest of 1 orange
425g plain flour
1.5 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
75g ground almonds
2 tbsp whiskey
Preheat oven to 150ªC.
Use a 25cm round tin.
4.5-5 hours baking time.
Grease and line tin.
Put all ingredients into a bowl and mixx for 3-4 minutes with a wooden spoon.
Pop into tin and smooth the top.
Bake for 4.5-5 hours.
Leave in tin overnight to cool.
575g ground almonds
275g icing sugar
275g caster sugar
3 tsps lemon juice
1/2 tsp almond essence
Mix the ground almonds, icing sugar and caster sugar.
Mix lemon Juice and, almond essence and eggs.
Add to a well in the dry ingredients.
Pull together into a dough with hands.
Roll out enough to cover the entire cake.
Brush the cake with apricot jam before adding the almond paste.
Then leave to dry for a few days before Icing.
I mess about when it comes to icing and I quite like a sort of messy finish.
Just grab a couple of bags of royal icing and go according to the instructions, I use one bag at a time!
For the trees on this I used ice cream cones and green colour paste!