Here’s the final update before all seasonal shenanigans are done with; firstly, the final Christmas cake! I used Mary Berry’s recipe for icing from here and it turned out delicious. I didn’t really have a plan when going to ice the cake barring ‘dump it all on top and then try and smooth it out as it runs down the sides’. Next time I’ll need to get myself a palette knife and some hot water so it can be shaped properly.
One of these days, I’ll read up on these tips before I dive in head-first.
The cake itself is a little dry – I think I was wary of it being cooked all the way through and, as a result, left it in the oven probably 15-20 minutes too long. The brandy has helped keep it somewhat moist, though, and in terms of flavour it really does taste like my Gran’s cake. The marzipan should be thicker, and the icing better shaped but as said – this was a learning experience and next year’s should be an improvement.
Finally, I made roulade as a Christmas day for the strange people who don’t like pudding – I’ve realised that although mentioning it several times in previous updates, I never took a photo of it.
Happy New Year! I’m going to attempt to re-do the design of the website and keep doing regular updates in 2013, so I’d like to say a big ‘thanks!’ to everyone who’s taken time over the last year to read and comment.