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    • Mumto2
    • By Mumto2 29th Nov 11, 12:28 PM
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    Mary Berry Christmas Cake Mix - Tesco's - NOW 2!!
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    • 29th Nov 11, 12:28 PM
    Mary Berry Christmas Cake Mix - Tesco's - NOW 2!! 29th Nov 11 at 12:28 PM
    As title says, these are now half price in Tesco's.
    Includes most things you need to make the cake (need to add egg, butter), bargain as it costs nearly that to get the marzipan & icing.
    Also had the Christmas cupcake kits for 2.50 although not as many as these.

    ETA - lots of people still buying these & reporting it's on until 2nd Jan - excellent!!
    Last edited by Mumto2; 07-12-2011 at 9:29 PM.
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  • pretzelnut
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    • 29th Nov 11, 12:33 PM
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    • 29th Nov 11, 12:33 PM
    I have one of these in the oven right now, OMG it smells amazing, the fruit is pre soaked in brandy, which didnt half hit me in the face when i opened the packet. I have 2 hours to wait until I can open the oven and check it. mmmmmmm

    I looked at them when they were 10 but thought nah to expensive, however 5 is a bargain and all you need to add is 210g unsalted butter, 4 eggs, and the rind of 1 lemon & 1 orange.

    (I already made one a few weeks back out of the bero book, but this one is so much easier and cheaper as everything is premeasured)
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    • BOBBIs MUMMY
    • By BOBBIs MUMMY 29th Nov 11, 12:56 PM
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    • 29th Nov 11, 12:56 PM
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    • 29th Nov 11, 12:56 PM
    I have one of these in the oven right now, OMG it smells amazing, the fruit is pre soaked in brandy, which didnt half hit me in the face when i opened the packet. I have 2 hours to wait until I can open the oven and check it. mmmmmmm

    I looked at them when they were 10 but thought nah to expensive, however 5 is a bargain and all you need to add is 210g unsalted butter, 4 eggs, and the rind of 1 lemon & 1 orange.

    (I already made one a few weeks back out of the bero book, but this one is so much easier and cheaper as everything is premeasured)
    Originally posted by princesswoo
    Glad its looking good and easy to make, just bought one this morning planning to make it with my 4 year old tomo!! Bargain at 5 especially as it includes the icing and marzipan its a no brainer!!
    • BOBBIs MUMMY
    • By BOBBIs MUMMY 29th Nov 11, 12:57 PM
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    • 29th Nov 11, 12:57 PM
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    • 29th Nov 11, 12:57 PM
    As title says, these are now half price in Tesco's.
    Includes most things you need to make the cake (need to add egg, butter), bargain as it costs nearly that to get the marzipan & icing.
    Also had the Christmas cupcake kits for 2.50 although not as many as these.
    Originally posted by Mumto2
    Think the offer finishes Dec 5th
  • pretzelnut
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    • 29th Nov 11, 1:02 PM
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    • 29th Nov 11, 1:02 PM
    You could make it with your eyes closed. So easy, no special technical ability required, the recipes always say use parchment paper, but I only had brown baking paper and it works fine.

    It doesnt look likeyou'll get a big cake when you open the bag and see all the bits but mines made a huge one.

    I might go get a couple more, there cheap gifts to give to the elders of the family.

    Wrap it with celophane from lidl, hey presto, as its fruit cake it will keep for quite a long time.
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    • Mumto2
    • By Mumto2 29th Nov 11, 1:29 PM
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    • 29th Nov 11, 1:29 PM
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    • 29th Nov 11, 1:29 PM
    You could make it with your eyes closed. So easy, no special technical ability required, the recipes always say use parchment paper, but I only had brown baking paper and it works fine.

    It doesnt look likeyou'll get a big cake when you open the bag and see all the bits but mines made a huge one.

    I might go get a couple more, there cheap gifts to give to the elders of the family.

    Wrap it with celophane from lidl, hey presto, as its fruit cake it will keep for quite a long time.
    Originally posted by princesswoo
    Glad to hear it's easy. Last years cake was a big flop & cost me a fortune.
    Looks like this years might be a bit easier!
    Do you think it's one to make now, or leave it for a few weeks?
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    • Contemptuous
    • By Contemptuous 29th Nov 11, 1:34 PM
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    • 29th Nov 11, 1:34 PM
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    • 29th Nov 11, 1:34 PM
    Thanks for the tip OP, will look out for this - it's a bargain if it includes the icing and marzipan too! I got a stollen mix in Sainsbury's last week for 3 something (half price), looking forward to making that nearer Xmas! I normally avoid packet mixes for cakes but when you take into account buying all the dried fruit etc separately it definitely makes financial sense to buy the kit
    Slummy mummy!
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    • 29th Nov 11, 1:38 PM
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    • 29th Nov 11, 1:38 PM
    Glad to hear it's easy. Last years cake was a big flop & cost me a fortune.
    Looks like this years might be a bit easier!
    Do you think it's one to make now, or leave it for a few weeks?
    Originally posted by Mumto2
    Either, you can make it now, wrap it in brown paper and tin foil or put in in an airtight tin with brown paper on it, and it will keep, by doing this you can always feed it more brandy to make it extra boozy but not necesary. And leave the marzipan and icing till a few days before xmas.

    Our you could make it closer to christmas, not feed it extra brandy and then you can marzipan and ice all in one go, but im a big believer that fruit cakes taste better with age, and more booze.

    I have been topping my bero cake up with brandy for 3 weeks now, I think I have gone a bit mental as there only a teeny little bit of brandy left from a 350ml bottle. oh well tis the season to be jolly, tra la la la la la la lar larrrrrrrrr

    RESIST ALL TEMPTATION TO OPEN THE OVEN DOOR AND HAVE A PEEK OR 3 HOURS WHILST ITS COOKING, OTHERWISE IT WILL SINK. My oven is due to beep any minute and i cant wait its been a long 3 hours.
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    • By Possession 29th Nov 11, 1:40 PM
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    • 29th Nov 11, 1:40 PM
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    • 29th Nov 11, 1:40 PM
    Either, you can make it now, wrap it in brown paper and tin foil or put in in an airtight tin with brown paper on it, and it will keep, by doing this you can always feed it more brandy to make it extra boozy but not necesary. And leave the marzipan and icing till a few days before xmas.

    Our you could make it closer to christmas, not feed it extra brandy and then you can marzipan and ice all in one go, but im a big believer that fruit cakes taste better with age, and more booze.

    I have been topping my bero cake up with brandy for 3 weeks now, I think I have gone a bit mental as there only a teeny little bit of brandy left from a 350ml bottle. oh well tis the season to be jolly, tra la la la la la la lar larrrrrrrrr

    RESIST ALL TEMPTATION TO OPEN THE OVEN DOOR AND HAVE A PEEK OR 3 HOURS WHILST ITS COOKING, OTHERWISE IT WILL SINK. My oven is due to beep any minute and i cant wait its been a long 3 hours.
    Originally posted by princesswoo
    lol my 6 year old keeps asking to feed the cake, she says it's starving!
    • 7 week wonder
    • By 7 week wonder 29th Nov 11, 1:45 PM
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    That sounds like really good value. Does anyone know what the "Bake by" date is? My mum is bringing us the Christmas cake this year, but we've got a couple of big birthdays coming up in the new year and it might be handy to keep a couple of the kits in the store cupboard to bake then.
  • pretzelnut
    That sounds like really good value. Does anyone know what the "Bake by" date is? My mum is bringing us the Christmas cake this year, but we've got a couple of big birthdays coming up in the new year and it might be handy to keep a couple of the kits in the store cupboard to bake then.
    Originally posted by 7 week wonder
    My bag states ''best beforefeb 2012'' which means you can still cook it after this date and it should still be fine.
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  • pretzelnut
    My cake is ready, smells delicious, looks a lovely golden brown colour, just waiting for it to cool, then I may just have to tuck into it, I can always make another.
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    • Mumto2
    • By Mumto2 29th Nov 11, 3:00 PM
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    My cake is ready, smells delicious, looks a lovely golden brown colour, just waiting for it to cool, then I may just have to tuck into it, I can always make another.
    Originally posted by princesswoo
    Princesswoo - your dedication is truly amazing, forcing yourself to try the cake just to make sure it's good enough for all us MSE'ers to rush out & buy it!

    Enjoy
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  • pretzelnut
    Princesswoo - your dedication is truly amazing, forcing yourself to try the cake just to make sure it's good enough for all us MSE'ers to rush out & buy it!

    Enjoy
    Originally posted by Mumto2
    Well I try my best to be a good MSE'r

    Its nice and soft too, think the bero one is now 2nd, as that one is a bit firm even with all the extra brandy.
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    • 7 week wonder
    • By 7 week wonder 29th Nov 11, 3:41 PM
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    My bag states ''best beforefeb 2012'' which means you can still cook it after this date and it should still be fine.
    Originally posted by princesswoo
    Brilliant - thanks for that, I'll try and track one down before the 5th Dec.
  • Malaga0034
    My bag states ''best beforefeb 2012'' which means you can still cook it after this date and it should still be fine.
    Originally posted by princesswoo
    I can't wait to see the pic of it
    Get Appletv2 & XBMC in and thank me later
    • mofopants
    • By mofopants 29th Nov 11, 4:02 PM
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    Yum - I might see if i can get one of these - i love xmas cake!
  • pretzelnut
    I can't wait to see the pic of it
    Originally posted by Malaga0034
    I cant post pics, well I refuse to as I dont do photobucket.

    And Ihave already cut it into 4 smaller round cakes, using a pastry cutter and a knife, had to be careful as its not a firm cake, and didnt want it falling apart with all the fruit in it. as I had some small cake boards lying around, and theres 4 sets of grandparents, so will make them 1 each.

    Obviously there were some bits left over and I will say they were mighty yummy, and very filling, so I was glad I cut it down, otherwise the grandparents would have been eating it for month's.
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    • BOBBIs MUMMY
    • By BOBBIs MUMMY 29th Nov 11, 4:52 PM
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    This is what you're looking for in Mr T's just hope mine looks as good as hers once its cooked and decorated!!!

    http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=268727853
    Last edited by BOBBIs MUMMY; 29-11-2011 at 4:53 PM. Reason: link change
  • pretzelnut
    This is what you're looking for in Mr T's just hope mine looks as good as hers once its cooked and decorated!!!

    http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=268727853
    Originally posted by BOBBIs MUMMY
    Cant see why not, mine came out looking like that, and im no cake baker, the marzipan on the top hides the rounded bit where its risen slightly, and royal icing is easy.
    Is thankful to those who have shared their
    fortune with those less fortunate
    than themselves - you know who you are!
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