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How long can you keep a home made xmas cake
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Old 08-10-2009, 8:43 PM
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Default How long can you keep a home made xmas cake

I am looking for some advice regarding xmas cakes, last November I made 4 cakes for the family. While clearing & cleaning the kitchen cupboards I have found a cake which has been kept in an airtight container full of booze and marzipaned that I did not give to a family member as they were away for xmas.

My question is how long can you keep a xmas cake and do you think it will be okay to use this year?

In all honesty the cake smells lovely and appears okay, although the marzipan is quite soft.
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I am sure it is fine Debbie - here's a thread I found about christmas cake lastability! Think the answer is feed it some brandy
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I would check that there is no mould that has grown between the marzipan and the fruit cake as it is the jam you use to stick the marzipan to the cake that can go off after a while.

An uniced/unmarzipanned fruit cake will last for months and months (and be better for it) but once you put jam and marzipan/icing on, it can then start to grow mould after a while.

If there are no signs of mould under the marzipan then it should be fine
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Thanks ZC and MM, I have chopped the top of the cake off and there was no growth under the marzipan, have drizzled more booze and wrapped it in greaseproof paper. The cake smells lovely and feels moist so I am going to use it this year, one less job for me to think about.
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Hi we found a christmas cake that my mum had forgotten about :confused: when we moved house, it was about 3 years ols and we ate it and its was fine and really nice.

Not sure i would do it now though, but we ate anything when wew were kids.
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:32 PM
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I bet it will be the best one you've ever had. However, it reminds me of last year, when I made a couple of cakes in October, as you do, to test out the new oven. I took the test cake to a Christmas Eve party and offered it to my friend's husband. "Mm," he said. "This is lovely." "Yes," I said, "I made it in October." He turned pale and was about to spit it out when his wife stepped in and told him that was what you did with Christmas cake.

So perhaps you'd better not mention that it's a well matured cake, however lovely it is.
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Thanks ladies I will only feed it to hubby
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Thanks ladies I will only feed my "extra mature" xmas cake to hubby he eats anything and never complains
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There should be no difference with Christmas cake and Wedding cakes.

I was married in June 1980 and used the top tier for DD1's Christening in August 1984 - I kept it in a cardboard box (though it was well sealed in my Mum's royal icing) I stripped all the icing and marzipan off and re did it all.

It was lovely.
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Oooooh how could you forget about a Christmas cake!! In my house it would have been found, and eaten, a long time before now!

Does anyone have a recipe they could pass on? Tried for the past 2 years to do HM Christmas puds (don't ask about the results ) so thought I might have better luck with an Xmas cake this year
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Thumbs up irish whiskey christmas cake

Christmas cake that's delicious and not exceptionally dark. Found on the Delia online website.
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