Viewing post #46222 by NEILMUIR1
|Dear Nancy, I do not know where the tradition in the family came from! I remember my grandmother making them by hand for the whole family, and my father had three sisters all married with children.
One of them had fourteen children, so it was a lot of cakes! Then as grandma got to about ninety she could no longer make so many, plus she was now a great grandma. So although the cakes were needed more, she handed the treasured recipe to her three daughters and to my mother, as they had to make their own! Unfortunately my three Aunts are no longer with us, so they passed it to their eldest daughters, who no doubt will pass it on to their own daughters. As my mother had sons not daughters, it should go to my elder brother. He when asked about it said "me make a cake, I have lost the recipe for toast." He cannot and will not cook anything, and relies on his wife and his eldest daughter to do anything like that!
So my mother has agreed for me to have the recipe when she can no longer make them. They are always given with a whole Wensleydale cheese for each cake, this is because they are so rich the proper way to eat them is with a slice of this cheese on them. This stops some of the richness, but not all of it!
They cost a fortune to make, and you need the space to put them in, which I have not got in my house.
I do not think my brother would be too pleased with loads of huge fruit cakes in his house either. So if I do have to make them, I will make smaller ones for everybody, just too keep the tradition alive.
p.s. they last about six months in a cake box or so i am told. My mother does not give us our one to Christmas Eve, as my wife would have eaten it in two days flat if she gave it to us any sooner.