Viewing post #45604 by NEILMUIR1
|Dear Nancy, my mother makes her Christmas cakes in huge batches. We all give a hand to stack them all in the garage. This is below the house and is almost airtight and has no car in it, so it is ccol for them.
Every week she goes down and uncovers each one, as they are upside down on racks made for the job. Then she pierces them all over the bottoms with a cake skewer and ladles rum or brandy into them.
They are then re-wrapped all 37 of them, and done again next week, never are they missed, and the amount of rum or brandy she uses between the first weeks in August right till Christmas is quite a colossal, to say the least! She used to make them in January for Christmas, but now she is retired she does them late July or early August, as the saving on fruit helps!
Although making them in January they used to taste better, but the cost of alcohol has also gone up so she saves a biit by making them a bit later! Don't forget she does not buy rum or brandy by the bottle, she buys it by the case! For 37 huge cakes will easily take 2 bottles a week.