How long does Mary Berry Christmas cake last?

How long does Mary Berry Christmas cake last?

Mary Berry’s well baked fruit cake can be stored in the fridge, wrapped thoroughly in foil or a plastic bag to stop the cake from drying out, for up to 6 months after opening but we’d recommend eating sooner for the best taste.

How soon before Christmas can I make my cake?

It’s best to get baking around two or three months before Christmas. This gives you plenty of time to let it mature and ‘feed’ your Christmas Cake regularly as the big day approaches.

How long should you soak fruit for a Christmas cake?

To cut the sweetness and add amazing flavor, we’ll soak the dried fruit mixture in dark rum the day before baking. Note: I recommend soaking the fruit for a minimum of 12 hours or as long as 24 hours. The dried fruit will hydrate and plump up and soak up all of the dark rum during this time. Don’t skip this step!

Can you freeze Mary Berry’s Christmas cake?

Mary advises that for best results you make your Christmas cake at least 3 weeks ahead of the big day. When the cake is completely cold, wrap it in a double layer of greaseproof paper and then in foil and store in a cool place for up to 3 months. You can even freeze it.

What alcohol do you soak fruit in for Christmas cake?

The one and only trick is to keep the fruits moist and juicy before baking. For that fruits need to be soaked in alcohol (preferable brandy; rum. sherry also works well) properly for 1 month or upto a year.

Can you put too much alcohol in a Christmas cake?

Experts have warned that just two slices of the brandy-drenched dessert could put you over the legal drink-driving limit. And it would be all too easily done. If you’ve had a single glass of wine or a beer, you might think you’re fine – forgetting about the healthy dose of spirit in the cake.

How do you moisten a fruitcake?

However, you can re-moisten the fruitcake before serving by adding more liquor.

  1. Poke several holes in the top and sides of the fruitcake using a skewer.
  2. Pour ¼ cup of your choice of sherry, brandy, or rum over the fruitcake, ensuring that the liquor gets into the holes.

How deep should a Christmas cake tin be?

However you do need a fairly deep tin for all sizes of Christmas cake. A regular sandwich tin (cake pan) will not be deep enough – you ideally need a loose-bottomed cake tin or springform pan which is around 8cm/3 1/2 inches deep.