Stir It Up Sunday

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I love baking, especially when Christmas is just around the corner. There is nothing better than being surrounded by butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon.

Today is last Sunday before advent. Known as Stir It Up Sunday, it’s the traditional day to bake your Christmas cake!

After long discussions on Twitter, I learned that many people actually bake their Christmas Cakes during October halfterm, which has the advantage of letting the cake soak up more alcohol. That says a lot about my Twitter friends.

Back to Christmas Cakes…

Cake 1

I cheated and bought this kit from Waitrose. It retails for £10, but I got it on sale for £8.50.

Cake 1.5

It came with pre-measured, pre-packaged ingredients. Perfect. I just needed to add butter, eggs and the zest of a whole orange.

Cake 2

Eggs, butter, brown sugar, spices, fruit, nuts and orange zest… mmmm, can you smell it?

Cake 3

The most difficult part was lining the baking tin with parchment paper. That took an extra set of hands.

Cake 4

All ready to bake for 2 and 1/2 hours!

Cake 5

Done.

Cake 6

All ready to soak up some alcohol.

Stay tuned for part 2, where I decorate my Christmas cake, probably with a glass of wine in hand :D.

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9 Comments

  1. 10/12/2012 / 11:50

    If only I even had the time to bake. I work for myself and Christmas is our busiest time. Alas my Xmas planning starts 21st December…

  2. 02/12/2012 / 22:56

    What a good idea – I’m going to look out for that Lx

  3. 29/11/2012 / 01:26

    That looks so yummy and for once a recipe I can follow along too, down to Waitrose I go.

  4. 27/11/2012 / 23:29

    Phew – I was panicking at the loss of memory for a second there!

  5. 26/11/2012 / 06:07

    That should read: Advent! No comment on the lapsed bit.

  6. 25/11/2012 / 23:24

    Lent? Last Sunday before Lent? I’m very confused, but then I’m a lapsed Catholic so what do I know?

  7. 25/11/2012 / 18:57

    Wow, how fabulous. This post has made me start getting excited for Christmas x