I haven't made Christmas cakes for a few years. My family find them too rich, dense and sweet. When I enquired whether Mr Leaf liked them he told me they were "too fruity".
I've been baking more this year and as a result of having this blog, taking pictures of my makes and bakes and sharing them (if not here, facebook). I sometimes bake cakes and take them into work. I like to try new recipes occasionally and when there's only me and Mr Leaf there's only so much cake two can eat. We now have a Baby Leaf but there's no chance of him sampling cake for a while.
One of my work colleagues asked if I made Christmas Cakes and if so, would I make one for her. (She insisted she pay so I wasn't to argue.) I agreed and the above photo shows her finished cake.
I enjoyed baking the cake, simmering the fruit in orange juice and brandy - it smelt sooo good! I whipped up another batch (different recipe this time) and made one square cake and two smaller round cakes. The square was halved to make two bar cakes. The Frosted Holly Cake above is for one of our neighbours.
This little cake is for my friend who will be celebrating their first Christmas with their daughter who will be 10 months old.