How to Make A Christmas Cake - The Victorian Way


come on Barry and when you finish those

you put all these to do as well

good mornin today we're making Lord and

Lady Braves Christmas cake I'm using one

of my favorite plum cake recipes it's

got a lot of dried cherries in it for

this recipe you will need flour butter

fine sugar dried cherries chopped

currants candied peel ground almonds

zest of oranges eggs spices and brandy

now that I've softened the butter I'm

going to add the flour the sugar and the

eggs gradually sugar please




thank you


now that's really well blended together

it's time to add the dried fruit candied

peel the currants and now my favorite

bit the dried cherries


it's time for the brandy and the spice

and the zest of oranges

and the last thing to go in are the

ground arms


now that the mix is done it's time to

prepare the tin I've already lined the

tin with button and now I'm going to

line it with brown paper for the edges

I'm using double thickness of paper I've

cut tabs at the bottom to make it sit in

the tin more evenly not forgetting the

lining of the bottom I'm going to add

fans around the outside


now it's ready for the mix and there now

it's ready for the oven

a low oven for about roughly six hours


now the cake is out of the oven and

thoroughly cool I've made a pound of

marzipan put it around the top of the

cake and turned it upside down this

gives a nice flat surface to start your

decoration I've made my marzipan with

twice the amount of icing sugar as

ground almonds and then added egg whites

until the mixture is a dough like

texture I've rolled it out fairly thin

and I'm actually going to put the

marzipan on in two stages this one is

for the top

which I will cut off to give a sharp

edge and then have some more around the

outside I added a band of marzipan

around the outside let it dry and then

added a layer of royal icing one layer

for the top letting it dry and then one

for the outside my royal icing is made

out of icing sugar egg whites and lemon

juice I'm not too worried about the air

bubbles on the top after all for Lord

and Lady Braybrook I am a cook not a

confectioner and any way I can disguise

it with some of my decoration there to

add a bit of festive color I've added a

piece of red ribbon the fashion for a

Christmas cake is to have a lovely

Christmas message written on the top may

Christmas Joy's fill your heart today

but there Merry Christmas