So, how did I get there? Well, in the office we'd been discussing cakes and someone had found a recipe for a chocolate fruit cake, which just sounded a little it different - enough to make me want to give it ago. The recipe was from the trusted BBC Good Food (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/889651/chocolate-fruitcake) which then surprises me that it didn't quite go to plan!
I had a friend over the evening I decided to make it, and she's quite practical when it comes to lining tins - so she happily got on with that aspect while I measured out the ingredients, melted the butter and chocolate into the fruit and got everything mixed and ready.
|Sue proudly displaying the double-lined cake tine|
|Melting butter and chocolate into the fruit|
To be honest, it took us about the same amount of time to line and prepare the mix (she's very attentive to detail!) Then the mix was poured in and popped into the oven. The recipe stated 1.5 - 1.45 hours...hmmm! NOPE! Having read a few of the comments on the page, there's varying times ppl had to cook, am quite surprised, which is why I was worried I'd massively over baked it, and having started in an evening, you can imagine how late I finished! Nearly midnight by the time the skewer was coming out clean, I was very tired and slightly irritated by then, I guess this is my inexperience of fruit cake baking that lead me to massively underestimate! I knew they could take ages, but thought there was something in this being a chocolate that made it take less time? Can you tell I've not gotten over it yet?? I've learnt my lesson though, but am surprised at Good Food for such a variation in their time to mine.
Anyway, so once the cake was finally baked and left to cool over night, I then proceeded to feed it Cherry Brandy every few days leading up to the week before Christmas. Stabbing the cake and pouring a tablespoon over the top; then halfway though the countdown, I turned the cake upside down and would feed from the bottom. Just trying to make sure it wouldn't be too dry.
Then, researching how to place marzipan and icing, I found some fab videos online, and realised it's not as hard as I'd been imagining, just lots of rubbing down of the top and smoothing the edges. Definitely happy to do this again now I know how easy it is. Although, having seen other Christmas cake decorations I'm thinking I could have done more with mine, but for a first attempt, am pleased to have it looking fairly neat and festive, and most importantly glittery! Very festive!