Christmas cakes recipes
Christmas cake recipes from all your favourite BBC Chefs Mary Berry, Delia Smith, Frances Quinn, The Hairy Bikers and many more.
If you're making and decorating a Christmas cake for the first time or wanting a new twist on the classic mix of spices, dried fruits, nuts and booze, then look no further. Recipes from expert bakers give you step-by-step instructions on how to make - and ice - the perfect Christmas cake.
Recipes using Christmas cakes
Keep your Christmas cake wrapped in brown paper and sealed in an airtight tin for the months leading up to Christmas in a cool, dark place.
A good Christmas cake is at its best when its been matured – that is, set aside and ‘fed’ with spirits (usually rum or brandy) so that the flavours have time to mingle with each other and simultaneously mellow out and intensify. A cake can be covered in marzipan 3-5 days before eating. Allow a day before icing for the marzipan to dry, plus another day for the icing to set completely.