Piece of cake

Feeling quite smug today as I’ve actually done the sensible thing for a change, and snapped up Delia’s christmas cake kit early from Waitrose, before its nationwide sell-out.

In fact, my smugness levels are at risk of reaching previously unknown heights, as TL actually made the cake yesterday with his little ones. My goodness, Delia is good. If you can produce a perfect Christmas cake with a four year old, a six year old and a 40-something-year-old with limited previous baking experience, then it’s pretty damn near foolproof. A good time was had by all, and I arrived just in time for the best bit – stirring the mixture and making a wish.

There was a last-minute crisis when we realised there was no string to tie on the newspaper bands which protect the cake on its epic four-hour voyage to perfection in the oven. Luckily, some black thread from the needlework basket worked just as well. And a few crumbs were dislodged from the sides when the greaseproof paper was pried off the cake when it had cooled down. But that’s not a bad thing. That’s how I know it’s perfect.

According to the paper today, 56 tons of fruit have already been sold in Delia’s cake kits and people are still clamouring for more. And it’s Stir-up Sunday this weekend – though of course we have beaten that deadline nicely already. ┬áBut if you haven’t, then sharpen your elbows and get down to the shops. I’ll just stay here and admire our beautiful cake some more.

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