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A heavily iced Christmas cake
A heavily iced Christmas cake

Christmas cake is a type of fruitcake served at Christmas time in the UK, Ireland and many Commonwealth countries. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (960x962, 736 KB) A Christmas cake with much icing. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (960x962, 736 KB) A Christmas cake with much icing. ... Icing can mean: icing (food) icing (shipping) icing (ice hockey) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... A slice of traditional fruitcake Fruitcake is a cake made of dried fruits and optionally candied fruit, spices and nuts that may be soaked in brandy or rum, with the richest versions (possibly iced and decorated) often being used in the celebration of weddings and Christmas. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... The Commonwealth of Nations as of 2006 Headquarters Marlborough House, London, UK Official languages English Membership 53 sovereign states Leaders  -  Queen Elizabeth II  -  Secretary-General Don McKinnon (since 1 April 2000) Establishment  -  Balfour Declaration 18 November 1926   -  Statute of Westminster 11 December 1931   -  London Declaration 28 April 1949  Area  -  Total...


A Christmas cake may be light or dark, crumbly-moist to sticky-wet, spongy to heavy, leavened or unleavened, shaped round, square or oblong as whole cakes, fairy cakes, or petit fours, with marzipan, icing, glazing, dusting with confectioner's sugar, or plain, etc. Frosted chocolate cupcakes Chocolate Moist Cupcakes A cupcake or fairy cake is a small cake designed to serve one person, usually made in a small paper cup container. ... Petit Fours are small cakes generally eaten at the end meal or served as part of a large Buffet. ... Fruit shapes molded from marzipan Marzipan is a confection consisting primarily of sugar and ground almonds. ... This cake has an icing made with sour cream. ... Confectioners sugar (also called powdered sugar) is sugar that has been powdered to produce a more fluffy, light texture. ...


A particular favourite of many is the traditional Scottish Christmas cake, the Whisky Dundee. As the name implies, the cake originated in Dundee and is made with Scotch whisky. It is a light and crumbly cake, and light on fruit and candied peel—only currants, raisins, sultanas and cherries. This Christmas cake is particularly good for people who don't like very rich and moist cakes. As with all fruitcakes, the almonds (or other nuts) can be omitted by people who don't like them. This article is about the country. ... For other uses see Dundee (disambiguation) Dundee is Scotlands fourth largest city, population 154 674 (2001), situated on the North bank of the Firth of Tay. ... Scotch whisky is whisky made in Scotland. ... A Zante currant is a variety of small, sweet, seedless grape named for the Ionian island Zakynthos. ... Raisins Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... For other uses, see Cherry (disambiguation). ... Binomial name (Mill. ...


At the other end of the Christmas cake continuum, the apple creme Christmas cake is a rich mix of finely sliced apples, raisins and other fruit, with eggs, cream cheese, and heavy whipping cream. For other uses, see Apple (disambiguation). ... Country of origin United States Region, town Chester, New York Source of milk Cow Pasteurised Texture Soft Aging time none Certification Cream cheese is a sweet, soft, mild-tasting, white cheese that contains at least 33% milkfat (as marketed) with a moisture content of not more than 55%, and a... Cream is a dairy product that is composed of the higher-fat layer skimmed from the top of raw milk before homogenization. ...


In the middle of the spectrum is the mincemeat Christmas cake, which is simply any traditional or vegetarian mincemeat mixed with flour, eggs, etc., to transform it into a cake batter; or it can also be steamed as a Christmas pudding. Mincemeat was originally a conglomeration of bits of meat, dried fruit and spices, created as an alternative to smoking or drying for preservation, a variant form of sausage. ... For animals adapted to eat primarily plants, sometimes referred to as vegetarian animals, see Herbivore. ... Christmas puddings are often dried out on hooks for weeks prior to serving in order to enhance the flavour. ...


Coins were also occasionally added to Christmas Cakes as well as Christmas Puddings as good luck Touch Pieces. The usual choices were silver 3d piece, or sixpences, sometimes wrapped in grease proof paper packages. Christmas puddings are often dried out on hooks for weeks prior to serving in order to enhance the flavour. ... Touch Pieces are coins and medalets that have attracted superstitious beliefs, such as those with holes in them or those with particular designs. ... The threepence, pronounced thruppence, was a denomination of currency, used by various jurisdictions in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, until decimalisation of the pound sterling and Irish pound. ... The scilling or scylling (which possibly comes from the Teutonic root skil meaning to divide) was used in Anglo-Saxon times as money of account, even though no coins of that denomination existed. ...


In Northern England, Christmas cake, as with other fruit cakes, are often eaten with cheese, such as Wensleydale. The north, the midlands and the south Northern England, The North or North of England is a rather ill-defined term, with no universally accepted definition. ... Country of origin England Region, town Wensleydale, North Yorkshire Source of milk Cows and ewes Pasteurized Yes Texture medium, crumbly Aging time 3-6 months Certification None Wensleydale cheese is a cheese produced in the town of Hawes in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, England. ...


Christmas cake in other countries

In Japan, Christmas cake, traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve, is simply a sponge cake, frosted with whipped cream, decorated with strawberries, and usually topped with Christmas chocolates or other seasonal fruit. In the Philippines, Christmas cakes are bright rich yellow pound cakes with macerated nuts or fruitcakes of the British fashion. Either way, both are soaked in copious amounts of brandy or rum mixed with a simple syrup of palm sugar and water. Traditionally, civet or ambergris musk flavoring is added, but rosewater or orange flower water is more common now, as civet musk and ambergris have become very expensive[citation needed]. These liquor-laden cakes can usually stay fresh for many months provided it is handled and made properly. Because of its long shelf life, it is a very popular gift for Christmas and one cake made the previous year is sometimes saved for the next Christmas to symbolize union with "Christmases past", or may be consumed for the following Easter[citation needed]. The Christmas Eve (1904-05), watercolor painting by the Swedish painter Carl Larsson (1853-1919) Christmas Eve, the evening of December 24th, the preceding day or vigil before Christmas Day, is treated to a greater or a lesser extent in most Christian societies as part of the Christmas season. ... A slice of lemon sponge cake Sponge cake is a type of soft cake based on wheat flour, sugar, baking powder and eggs. ... Genera Chrotogale Cynogale Diplogale Hemigalus Arctogalidia Macrogalidia Paguma Paradoxurus Civettictis Viverra Viverricula Civets are mammals, most of which are species in the family Viverridae. ... Ambergris Ambergris (Ambra grisea, Ambre gris, ambergrease, or grey amber) is a solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull grey or blackish color, with the shades being variegated like marble. ... This article is about the Christian festival. ...


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BBC - Food - Recipes - Christmas cake (845 words)
Grease a 20cm/8inch round or an 18cm/7inch square cake tin and line the bottom and sides with baking parchment.
Brush the cake all over with the warmed apricot jam and then place the marzipan on top and around the cake.
Cover the cake with a clean tea towel and then leave in a cool place for at least one day.
Christmas cake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (481 words)
Christmas cake is a type of fruitcake served at Christmas time in the UK, Ireland and many Commonwealth countries.
A Christmas cake may be light or dark, crumbly-moist to sticky-wet, spongy to heavy, leavened or unleavened, shaped round, square or oblong as whole cakes, fairy cakes, or petit fours, with marzipan, icing, glazing, dusting with confectioner's sugar, or plain, etc.
It is a light and crumbly cake, and light on fruit and candied peel—only currants, raisins, sultanas and cherries.
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