Poppy Patchwork

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Sunday, 18 November 2018

Baking my cake.

Ingredients for Christmas cake
 Add to the dried fruit the zest and juice of 1 lemon and 3 large oranges
Leave over night, at this point everywhere smells of citrus, including the dishwasher and the bin, I love the smell. I always roll the orange/lemon on the counter top before draining the juice, this breaks the flesh inside making the juice flow easier and you get more juice. 
 I have shown this before, it is a typed Cake recipe, which must be over 20 years old, I have made this every year, I use the juice of the oranges and lemon rather than the orange juice in the recipe. The juice stays in the fruit as the cake is cooking. I do not add almonds, so I put extra dried fruit in, also note I have not added the cherries, these are cut into quarters and are tossed into the flour , keeping them from sticking together. 
Once the cake is baked, I turn the oven off and leave the cake inside until the cake is cool, I think the slowing of the cooling process helps keep the cake moist. This is another time when the house is full of the smell of spices, gently infusing with us and bringing on the Christmas mood and spirit.

I have said before I am no domestic goddess, but I do like to make a cake for Christmas each year, this year I have baked two, this week I am going to a small class to learn about make cake decorations, my youngest daughter is coming with me, so the second cake if for her. Plus if she and her hubby have their own cake, they won't eat too much of ours. I made both cakes a bit smaller than normal, so I had enough mix for 6 muffin size cakes from each batch. Daughter, SIL, hubby and I each enjoyed one with our afternoon drink.
These cakes have been baked much later than normal, but I only brush with brandy once, it won't matter. I am really feeling in the mood for Christmas.
Thank you for all your understanding comments, after a good night's sleep, I am feeling much better, my shoulder has settled back down and I feel good again. I won't pick up my knitting yet, but I am loving my ripple blanket, my 2nd yarn order should arrive on Monday, so once again I have a huge pile of yarn, which every time I look at it I have a huge smile.


  1. I'm so pleased that you're feeling a bit better today and that the shoulder pain has eased off a little, that'll be a huge relief. You're cakes look delicious but I have to admit that I don't actually like fruit cake, nor do the rest of the family so it's something we never have. We don't like Christmas pudding or mince pies either. We are a strange lot, aren't we?

  2. I'm going to make this cake! It looks wonderful, thank you for sharing.
    Glad to hear you are feeling better. I'm prone to burning nerve pain myself under my shoulder blade and it's horrid, wouldn't wish it on anyone.
    The blanket looks like It's coming along quickly. Nice work!

  3. It's a good job you don't live next door Marlene, I love Christmas cake and if could have smelt that cooking a would have nipped round for a festive sniff!
    So pleased you are feeling much brighter and in less pain.

  4. So pleased that you are feeling a little better today.
    I can smell the cake baking … wonderful.

    All the best Jan

  5. Your Christmas cakes look so yummy! I am glad to hear you are feeling better! Often all we need is a good night's sleep!

  6. Oh I love a Christmas cake but no one else in our family does so i never make one :-( I'm glad you are feeling better, I do understand that feeling of being down, I get it too, and it's nothing to do with time of the year, i can get it in summer too. Fingers crossed your shoulder pain will continue to improve, take care x

  7. Glad you're feeling better. The cakes look scrummy. Next year when I am more organised I would like to make lots of bits for Christmas as I would normally.

  8. I like the idea of baking your own Christmas cake, though I have never done this because my mother-in-law brings pudding over each year. I think the little cakes, in the cupcake cases, are cute too. Meg:)

  9. I think this is the cake you sent me the recipe for last year and I never did take the time to make it. What kind of cake pan do you use? It looks rather tall like an angel food cake pan but no hole in the center. I bet the cake is yummy. I'm in the Christmas spirit, but kind of dreading going through all of the Christmas boxes for decorations. I've decided I need to reduce by about half! it won't be easy.



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