So in the spirit of poverty, and giving people some time to find out what kind of cake every one likes I am going to post the ingredients and supplies list today. (Don't worry this will all be posted together at the recipe stage again.)
You probably have at least some of the things you need in the pantry. Don't worry, if you have to purchase some of the more expensive items, they are all staples in standard holiday baking, so any left overs can be used later in the year quite easily. We aren't going to be working with anything horribly complicated or unusual.
So, ingredients wise you will need
200g of glacé cherries (French style are best but to be honest it won't make much difference in this cake)
200g of candied peel (some times referred to as mixed peel)
1kg of currants and sultans mixed
(if peel and cherries are not your thing just sub with more dried fruit)
175ml of dark rum (just buy a bottle of the super market own brand, as we'll need more to feed the cake weekly)
25ml of vanilla extract or essence (NOT flavour. Flavour isn't real vanilla and lets just not go into what it is)
250g v. dark brown sugar
250g butter (I actually use a butter substitute as I've got a dairy allergy)
6 medium eggs
400g plain flour (all purpose)
1/4 of a teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
100g ground rice or ground almonds.
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
2 teaspoons of mixed spice (pumpkin pie spice)
See! Nothing scary there at all!
So any special hardware?
A large (23cm or so) Spring form pans (or two if you prefer a shorter cake)
A roll of grease proof baking paper
Some kitchen string
A flat baking tray that's wider than the cake tin
A large bowl to soak the fruit and mix the cake in.
A pastry brush
A kebab skewer
A wooden spoon
So far so good? Any questions yet?
Now given that my recipe is the way I like my christmas cake, so I'm going to link to the classic christmas cake.
Delia smith's christmas cake is a really traditional cake, it's smaller than mine and made with brandy, treacle and chopped almonds. Still quite simple.
But a quick search will bring up any number of versions of the classic! Not all are made as far in advance, this is because my cake is quite a dry cake and the rum keeps the cake and adds much needed moisture.
We won't be starting for a few weeks yet so we've all got plenty of time to buy the ingredients and supplies with out breaking the bank. So don't feel panicked into buying everything at once!
I hope that wasn't too over whelming minnie xoxo