Your question: When should I bake my Christmas cake?

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How long will a Christmas cake last?

Now, experts have said the Christmas treats can be eaten long past their use-by-date. The U.S. Department for Agriculture advises fruit cakes can last up to three months in the fridge and up to a year in the freezer. But food safety experts believe they could last even longer than this.

How long before Christmas should I marzipan my cake?

The traditional coat of almond icing (marzipan) should be put on the cake a week before you want to ice it, to allow its oiliness to dry out. Cover the marzipan surface with a clean tea cloth and store out of the tin or container. Icing is best left to the last few days – in my case often until Christmas Eve.

What is the perfect time to bake a cake?

Size of the pan –

The general rule of thumb when baking is “the bigger the pan, the lower the temperature”. You bake a cake in a 9″ round pan at 350 F for about 30-35 minutes. But, if you were putting the same recipe in a 14″ pan, you’d need 50-55 minutes to raise the temperature to 325 F.

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How long should you soak fruit for Christmas cake?

Soaking the dried fruits for a minimum of 2-3 months is recommended for a rich Fruit Cake. Use your choice of favorite dried fruits and alcohol. My Mum-in-law always adds dates, walnuts, and raisins and the spices are added later while making the cake batter.

How long does a homemade fruit cake last?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that fruitcake will last two to three months in the refrigerator without spoiling, and will maintain its quality if stored up to a year in the freezer.

Can you put too much alcohol in a Christmas cake?

If they have not absorbed the alcohol from a previous feeding then you could leave them unwrapped for a couple of days in a cool place (cover loosely with a clean tea towel) and some of the excess alcohol should evaporate. Once they feel drier then you can re-wrap them and then maybe only feed them very sparingly.

How long do you wait between marzipan and icing?

Marzipan should ideally dry out before you apply icing. This can take anything from one to five days, with homemade marzipan usually taking longer than ready-made. It’s ready when it feels dry (it will feel quite oily at first).

Do you put apricot jam between marzipan and icing?

For a marzipan layer, spread a thin layer of jam to help the marzipan stick to the cake. Apricot jam is often used for Christmas cakes, but you can use any flavour you like. Warm the jam slightly to make it easier to spread, and avoid any chunks of fruit sticking to the cake.

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Can you ice Christmas cake without marzipan?

Can you ice a Christmas cake without using marzipan? Yes. If you paint the cake with apricot jam, you can use a fondant icing and just fix it on with the jam.