When Gill and Nicki asked me to bake their Small City Christmas Cake it was a big Festive YES straight away.
For me, and I'm sure I'm not alone, Christmas is "the most wonderful time of the year". Time with family, friends, the gifts - giving and receiving, and definitely the food!
The busy lives we all lead these days make it easy to get a cake along with all other supplies from a store, but it's a much lovelier thing to produce a home made cake and have fun decorating it with the kids or your partner.
Here's a simple recipe that doesn't take much time at all...enjoy and Merry Christmas from Vivacious Cakes!
Love Kirsty X
1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating well. Stir in the treacle.
2. Sieve all dry ingredients and add gradually with the mixed fruit and cherries.
3. Bake in a lined 20cm cake tin at approx. 150C for 2-2½. Depending on your oven it may take slightly less or more time - keep an eye on it and an inserted knife should come out clean when it's ready.
1. It may be necessary to cover the top of the cake with brown paper for the final hour to stop over-browning.
2. I wrap a double layer of brown paper round the outside of the tin and tie with string to prevent burning.
3. When cool prick bottom of cake and sprinkle over some brandy.
4. Some people (me) pre soak the dried fruit with some brandy overnight :-)
Decorating The Cake
Qhen it's cool, You can choose to decorate the cake in anyway you wish. Traditional icing works well but just to show you can break from the norm and still feel festive, I've chosen to keep it simple and use snowflakes cut from soft fondant icing and marizipan and used a layer of each in the middle. Sugar glitter to coat made it sparkly and Christmas ready!
Enjoy having fun with your own ideas!
Kirsty certainly got it right when she said Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and for me, breaking bread (or cake as it happens) with family is the very best part.
I'm a big fan of dried fruit in a cake and a boozy overnight soak is on the list of essentials! I love Kirsty's take on the traditional white icing and marizapn and I'm inspired to get creative this year with some Christmas cutters and an edible glitter bomb!
Please do send us your photographs and share your ideas for decorating. We'd love to use them in our new Perthshire gallery section. As always, tag them #PerthLoveFest and we'll scatter them around our own social media.
By Nicola Martin