Christmas Cake-off

The Christmas Cake bakers all ready!
The Christmas Cake bakers all ready!

For about 8 years (can’t be totally sure of how many as it pre-dates Facebook which is my usual point of reference for checking dates!) my husband and our kids (which have grown in number during the period!) and my niece and nephew who live in the UK have always got together for a Christmas cake baking – and subsequently decorating – session. Sometimes this has been done by gender lines, other times along familial lines – but it’s always been competitive.

Now – I am renowned for being a bit of a Grinch at Christmas (mostly to offset my husband who is a Christmas addict!)

The Christmas Shop in Bloomingdales
The Christmas Shop in Bloomingdales

But this year I got into the spirit of the cake baking with my sister and we accompanied them with some festive singing!!

Name the carol?!
Name the carol?!

So as our half terms conincided – Christmas cake off time was here.

THE RECIPE - can't beat a classic Delia
THE RECIPE – can’t beat a classic Delia

 

The booze was for the cake not the adults - honest!
The booze was for the cake not the adults – honest!
The boys taking the measuring very seriously
The boys taking the measuring very seriously
The 2 year old was allowed to grease the tin
The 2 year old was allowed to grease the tin
The 4 year old was allowed to break the eggs!
The 4 year old was allowed to break the eggs!
Eeeuuurrrgghhhh black treacle
Eeeuuurrrgghhhh black treacle
The girls getting stuck in
The girls getting stuck in
The boys and their little helper!
The boys and their little helper!
Not even a babywipe could clean this up!
Not even a babywipe could clean this up!
Proud!
Proud!
Proud again!
Proud again!

 

4 hours later – the kids were all in bed – and the cakes smelt amazing!  They are now safely stored to be ‘fed’ with more booze until we ice them closer to the big day.  Obviously photos of the finished articles will be blogged!!

Given only our family and the brother in law of their family eat cake  there will be plenty spare if anyone wants some?!?

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