The first Christmas cake

So called because this is the first Christmas cake I am making this year, for the works Christmas Cake competition – the idea is that anyone who wants to enter makes a cake and then people who want to try cake pay a £1 for charity (probably Water Aid) and then vote on the winner.

Anyway, my entry is not a traditional cake but is something that I associate with Christmas, gingerbread or rather ginger cake…my kitchen is currently full of the lovely smells of ginger and cinnamon and caramel and…cake ! The version I eventually went for is from The Kitchen Diaries:Nigel Slater and is one I am particularly fond of because it has a hidden surprise of real stem ginger hidden deep in side. The recipe for it was published some years ago in The Observer also [here] and its kinda appropriate as when Nigel made it for his article in the observer “the rain is crashing down on the kitchen roof”, and that’s just what it’s been doing here all day.

The intention tomorrow is to ice it with the lemon icing for Ginger Cake in Nigella’s How to be a Domestic Goddess because as she points out, its hard to sell something which is so unrelentingly brown…

Other than the cake today has been quite quiet, Husband went down to pick the Student up from Cardiff and Spider and I cleaned the living room, including moving the sofa which is where I found the Toffee Brownie recipe – I have now amended the quantities in the recipe I posted several days ago.

Next weekend I will be making this years actual christmas cake – again not traditional because last year we were still eating it at the end of January…

Double Ginger Cake with lemon icing...

Double Ginger Cake with lemon icing...

2 thoughts on “The first Christmas cake

  1. Have you tried the actual Nigella ginger cake (the one with the lemon icing)? That’s my favourite, we call it ‘evil gingerbread’ in our house, as it’s so rib sticking. I’ll have a try of the Nigel Slater recipe, I really like his recipes, but don’t have that book, think I’ll need to rectify that!

  2. No, not done it yet, may give it a go after christmas, I did think about it as I have an addiction to trying recipes, but I really wanted the surprise of the stem ginger in the cake.

    The Kitchen Diaries is fantastic, its one of those cookbooks you can sit down and read cover to cover

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