Christmas cakes

November 12, 2007 at 2:49 pm Leave a comment

I got my Christmas cakes out of their tin to see if they needed ‘feeding’ again. There was a strong waft of brandy, so I decided they didn’t, but I thought I’d take a picture of them to share anyway!

After much discussion on Downsizer about the best size and shape cake tins to use, I ignored all the advice and made a square one and a smallish one. My grandma gave me lots of cake tins as she’s selling her flat and moving into a home, so the bf came home a couple of weeks ago to find me covered in cake mix doing area calculations involving pi to work out which combination of tins would work out the same size as the one in the recipe…. (I then had to give the cake tins a good scrub as she hasn’t been able to see to do the washing up properly for about five years….)

Anyway, the cakes have worked regardless. I have used epic quantities of greaseproof paper and half a bottle of brandy! They smell all yummy and Christmassy…. Mmmmmmmm…..


Entry filed under: baking, Christmas.

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