So with Christmas and the year-end holidays around the corner, I’m guessing most of you would be up to your apron strings in orders. This year, I’ve decided that I will only do a maximum of five cakes for the last two weeks of December. I need my time off to enjoy and savour the holidays before 2017 rolls around.

Musing of a home baker - So with Christmas and the year-end holidays around the corner, I’m guessing most of you would be up to your apron strings in orders. This year, I’ve decided that I will only do a maximum of five cakes for the last two weeks of December. I need my time off to enjoy and savour the holidays before 2017 rolls around.

A client asked me if I’m going away on holiday and truth is, I’ll be home. Just enjoying time with my family and friends and eating other people’s cakes.

So I’ve got a question for you, what’s your Christmas cake tradition? To those who celebrate Christmas, what cake screams Christmas to you? And to those who don’t, what cake make you think of Christmas? If you asked my cousin, she’d tell you it’s the smell of butter cakes. If you asked my neighbour, he would tell you it’s an orange cake that his mum makes every year. And it doesn’t really feel like Christmas until the cake is baking away in the oven.

To me, as cliché as it is, I’ve got to say it’s the evergreen FRUIT CAKE. Aaaahh… just the thought of it is making me feel all Christmassy. Our fruitcake tradition begins in August with the soaking of the fruits in rum or brandy. That’s mum’s recipe. I’ve altered mine to include whiskey and gin as well. Trust me, it works! Mum, me and my sis will be in the kitchen to chop up all the dried fruits, including the raisins. And every week, we’ll give the fruits a mix just to make sure every morsel is soaking in all that alcoholic glory.

We bake the cakes in early December. And mum, like me, does not believe in using technology to mix the cakes so everything is done by hand. Once the cakes are in the oven, we will then chill in the living room with Christmas classics and wine. Once you smell these chunks of heaven baking in the oven, you know it’s Santa season. Something about that mix of nutmeg and cinnamon with the soaked dried fruits just makes you want to dance to Rocking Around The Christmas Tree. Once the cakes are done, we give the cake a nice soaking of rum wash every three days to make sure it stays nice and moist until Christmas Day.

So, I just wanna say thanks for sticking with me throughout 2016. It was generally a good year for me. Had a lot of new beginnings and I have alot to be thankful for. I am totally looking forward to 2017 and I hope you are too. Have a great holiday season everyone! Don’t work too hard!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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