The Christmas Cakes are a Coming

Another sleepless night last night thanks to the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. We started off by taking the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to the Railway Inn and The Victoria in Borth so that they could sing carols at the Mad Friday punters and collect some money. They did OK and the people of Borth gave generously, although as usual I’m not sure if that is because they were entertained by and enjoyed having the Scout sing to them or if it was just to get rid of us. The latter is the most likely!

We then walked them to the Youth Hostel where we had a party dinner and a sleepover. As you can imagine, as leaders Anna and I got no sleep at all.

We managed to get back home by 10am this morning though so have done very little all day really. I did manage to decorate one of our Christmas Cakes though. Since baking them back in October I have been feeding them with brandy to keep them moist and make them more ‘adult’ in nature. I covered the rectangular one in lovely thick marzipan last week and now that we’ve managed to source more of the rare almond deliciousness (everywhere in Aberystwyth seemed to have sold out) I’ve covered the larger round cake too.

I then made up some rich chocolate icing and smothered the rectangular cake in loads of the stuff. decorated it with some snow and some snowmen and it’s suddenly looking a lot more festive.

Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake

Next up is to cover the round cake in royal icing and decorate it. We have a bit of a plan in our minds to make it festive and fun ready for Christmas Day.

Chocolatey Christmas Cake

Chocolatey Christmas Cake

2 Responses

  1. Emily says:

    I’ve not tried marzipan covered with chocolate before. It’s superbly decorated.

    • Alan says:

      It’s surprisingly nice…. I did the same last year and it went down well. ( Trouble is neither Morgan nor Anna really like fruit cake so I end up having to eat it all on my own. Just ‘hefting’ these cakes is a task, so it’s not much good for my waistline to say the least.

      I think next year I’ll make a small fruit cake and then a chocolate cake covered in marzipan and iced and decorated for Christmas. Not only will that be the same as our wedding cake, but it might mean that I get some help with eating it too.

      If you lived a little closer I’d invite you around so that I could share it. I think we’ll definitely have to find some time to invite some friends over to help with the cake after Christmas Day which will be nice…. I wonder who will be on the invite list? Although, come to think of it I have a Mountain Bike ride planned for between Xmas and the New Year with the people I’ve been coaching, maybe I’ll take cake with me to help lure them out from their post-Xmas lethargy. 🙂


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