The run up to Christmas is one of my absolute favourite times of year, theres something simply magical about it. The sparkle, the smells, the markets, mulled wine, mistletoe and of course LOTS of baking! This year I made tradtional Christmas cakes as gifts for family and friends. I used Delia Smiths ever relaible recipe, tenderly plumping up my fruits with plenty of brandy several weeks before creating the cakes. I painted each with apricot jam before covering with a layer of marzipan, followed by fondant icing and decorating.
In my excitement I forgot to take a photo of the heart shaped cake before packing it off so here's one of it cooling in the tin! This one was for my Dad and Stepmum and as I knew they would prefer a cake without icing I arranged almonds and cherries on top so it still looked festive. Perfect with a cuppa and a bit of Nat and Dean :)