Do you have to put alcohol in Christmas cake?

CAN YOU SOAK THE CAKE WITHOUT ALCOHOL? Yes, you can use tea, fruit juice or a flavoured syrup, but it won’t have the same effect as alcohol so don’t overdo it or your cake will be soggy.

What can I use instead of alcohol in a fruit cake?

If you do not want to use alcohol then fresh orange juice is an alternative, though you should leave the fruits in orange juice to soak overnight in the fridge once they have cooled.

How long will Christmas cake keep without alcohol?

Fruitcakes without any alcohol should be consumed within a few days of baking or tightly wrapped and frozen for up to six months.

What alcohol do you put in Christmas cake?

Strong, flavourful spirits with a high ABV are ideal for feeding fruitcakes. You can use rum, brandy or whisky for spice, or if you like citrus flavours, try an orange liqueur. Cherry brandy and amaretto will also work well if you prefer these.

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How do you keep a Christmas cake moist?

I like to wrap the cake in a double layer of greaseproof paper and then in double foil. Secure it all with an elastic band, then keep it in an airtight container till needed.

What can I put in my Christmas cake instead of alcohol?

If you’re baking an alcohol-free Christmas cake you can use a few tablespoons of orange, cherry, cranberry or apple juice; something sweet to keep the moisture in the cake. You can also soak the fruit in tea if you prefer a less sweet flavour.

What liquor do you put on fruit cake?

Alcohol: medium sherry, dark rum, whisky, brandy or orange-flavoured liqueur are the usual flavours for fruit cakes. Brush 1-2 tablespoons over the cake immediately it is removed from the oven.

Can I wrap Christmas cake in cling film?

Yes. For best results, wrap it well with cling film, then put it in a Ziplock bag or wrap it again with foil and store it in the freezer (usually for up to 6 months, though this dependes on the temperature of your freezer).

Why does Christmas cake last so long?

Why Do Fruitcakes Last So Long? … Immediately after a fruitcake cools, most bakers will wrap it in a cheesecloth soaked in liquor and store it in an airtight container. This keeps mold and yeast from developing on the surface. It also keeps the cake deliciously moist.

How do you store a Christmas cake after icing it?

To store a cooled Christmas cake, wrap it tightly in a double layer of greaseproof paper or baking parchment (parchment paper) followed by a double layer of foil and then store it in an airtight container or tin in a cool place away from direct sunlight.

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How long does Christmas cake keep for?

HOW LONG DOES A CHRISTMAS CAKE LAST? Christmas cakes to be kept in a tin can be made up to 3 months in advance depending on the recipe you use, OR you can make it many more months ahead, freeze it and defrost it when you are ready to ‘feed’ it or ice it.

How do you store and feed a Christmas cake?

Wrap the cake in greaseproof paper or baking parchment then wrap it in aluminium foil. For storage, wrap the cake in a second layer of foil or in an airtight tin. You can repeat the feeding process every couple of weeks for three or four feeds.

Why is my Christmas cake chewy?

An excess of flour can cause tough, chewy Christmas cake that’s just not moist enough.

How do you moisten a fruit cake after baking?

How to Revive a Fruitcake

  1. Place a 1/2 cup of alcohol in a sauce pan along with the zest from an orange. …
  2. With a skewer, poke numerous holes into your cake, making sure the holes go all the way through.
  3. Set your cake into the sauce pan and heat it until the alcohol starts to simmer.

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How early can you make Christmas 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.

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