I haven’t made a Christmas cake for a couple of years, but this year I made two. I make my Christmas cake late October to early November and each week I give it a dose of brandy. Then just before Christmas I decorate it with marzipan and icing.
Click here for my tried and tested Christmas cake recipe which I made with the help of a tiny cute Boo in 2014.
The cake in the photo above is not one of my cakes. In fact, The Little Man won it at school in a ‘guess the weight of the cake’ competition. It looks lovely, but isn’t it typical that the year I decide to make a Christmas cake, I win one.
Here’s the girls decorating my cakes.
Giving at Christmas
So, now I have three Christmas cakes. One I made for my Mother-in-law and one for us as well as the one we won. We will visit my Mother-in-law with her cake and presents on Christmas Eve.
Christmas is a great time for sharing and I joined a Facebook group this week that has really warmed my heart. It’s called #CorbynsChristmasChallenge and the idea is to challenge people to donate to food banks or charities this Christmas. After Christmas they hope to carry on the good work but will obviously change the name of the group.
I have a box of food for my local food bank all ready packed up for Graham to deliver on Monday.
It’s not much but it includes several pasta sauces, a tin of meatballs, a few sauces, some tea bags, stock cubes and some chocolate spread. I may add a bag of dried pasta from my cupboard as we have more than we need.
We are not financially well off, but we have what we need and I really don’t mind giving to those who have less. I hope to continue helping in any way I can in the New Year as I can see this situation getting worse before it gets any better.
Have you ever donated to a food bank? Can I tempt you to do something nice for someone who has less than you this Christmas?
Thanks for reading, Merry Christmas xx