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When should you start making your Christmas cake and can you freeze it?

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Christmas is approaching – and people are already buying and freezing their Christmas food.

With that in mind, you may be thinking about the ideal time to get started on your rum-drenched, fruit-infused Christmas cake.

Interestingly, you can get to work earlier than expected on the festive dessert – it can actually make it taste better.

So, when’s the best time? And should you pop it in the fridge, cupboard or freezer?

Here’s what you need to know.

When should you start making your Christmas cake for 2021?

You can start making your Christmas cake… now!

Yep, it’s thought you should get going on the cake-making from around October time.

Some reckon you can begin in September, so there’s up to three months for the cake to firm up.

You’ll need space on your kitchen counter or in a cupboard to keep the cake wrapped in foil and safe in a dry place during that time.

Every couple of weeks, you’ll then ‘feed’ the cake alcohol – which is what delivers that punchy kick when you take that first bite.

‘Feeding’ involves brushing the top of the cake with your alcohol of choice: brandy and rum are common. Sherry or whisky works, too.

Crucially, you only want to bake the cake this far in advance. Icing and any other decoration should be done on Christmas Eve, or in the week leading up to the big day.

Can you freeze Christmas cake – and for how long?

If you’re stuffed after a feast-and-a-half on Christmas Day, you’re in luck.

You don’t need to stuff all the Christmas cake in your face – simply pop it in the fridge or freezer.

It’ll last up to six months in the fridge, as long as it’s properly wrapped up with foil and sealed in a cake tin or container.

Others say three months is a better bet – so you’ve got at least 12 weeks to enjoy sneaking to the kitchen for a cheeky bite.

Of course: the Christmas cake’s fruity bit is the part that’ll keep best. Usually, you’ll need to re-ice it.

Meanwhile, a frozen fruit cake can last up to a year, especially if it’s been truly lathered in alcohol, which helps preserve it.

Essentially, you can keep the festive treats coming all year long.


Credit: Original article published here.

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