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Jingle All the Way! Step-by-step guide to bake perfect Christmas cake

Bake up the magic of the season with our delightful Christmas cake recipe. From the rich blend of spices to the sweet aroma of fruits and nuts, create a festive centerpiece that embodies the warmth of the holidays in every slice.
 

Jingle All the Way Step by step guide to bake perfect Christmas cake gcw eai
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First Published Dec 14, 2023, 5:50 PM IST

The holiday season is incomplete without the aroma of freshly baked Christmas cake wafting through the house. Creating your own festive masterpiece not only adds a personal touch to your celebrations but also fills your home with warmth and joy. In this article, we'll guide you through a delightful Christmas cake recipe that's sure to become a cherished tradition in your family.

Ingredients:

For the Cake:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup brandy or rum (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped mixed nuts (walnuts, almonds, and pecans)
  • 1 cup mixed dried fruits (raisins, currants, and chopped dates)
  • Zest of one orange

For the Icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C). Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.

  2. Cream the Butter and Sugar: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

  3. Add Eggs and Vanilla: Beat in the eggs one at a time, ensuring each is fully incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and mix well.

  4. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

  5. Alternate Mixing: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with buttermilk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.

  6. Fold in Nuts and Fruits: Gently fold in the chopped nuts, mixed dried fruits, and orange zest. Add the brandy or rum if using.

  7. Bake the Cake: Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  8. Cool Completely: Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.

  9. Prepare the Icing: In a bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, softened butter, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Adjust the consistency by adding more milk if needed.

  10. Ice the Cake: Once the cake is completely cooled, spread the icing evenly over the top. For a festive touch, decorate with additional chopped nuts or festive sprinkles.

  11. Slice and Enjoy: Slice the Christmas cake into wedges and serve. Pair it with a cup of hot cocoa or your favorite festive drink.

Baking a Christmas cake at home is not just a culinary delight but a heartwarming tradition that adds a personal touch to your festive celebrations. Share the joy by gifting slices to friends and family, and relish in the warmth of the holiday season with every delicious bite of your homemade masterpiece.

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