Making a traditional Christmas cake, rich with seasonal flavours, is something of an artform and it pays to start early with your Christmas cake recipe to really let the ingredients infuse.
By making your Christmas fruit cake early - up to three months before the big day - it allows you to keep returning to 'feed' your cake with whisky, brandy or another popular liqueur. Allowing your Christmas cake to mature means the day you serve your cake to friends, you'll receive even more compliments!
Feeding your fruit cake doesn't require as much time as you'd think: Just set a reminder every week to pour over a tablespoon of brandy or whisky over the cake and leave to soak up the flavours.
Here you'll find plenty of easy, traditional Christmas cake recipes that are packed with delicious dried fruit. It's the cake decorating that you can labour over, deciding exactly what theme your cake will take!
Click through to find traditional fruit cake recipes as well as alternative Christmas cake recipes - from chocolate log cakes to lemon drizzle...
Find more festive recipes in the Christmas issue of woman&home Feel Good Food,
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