A vanilla Christmas cake

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Andy Hale

A vanilla Christmas cake

About 10 years ago I took afternoon tea in a cafeteria in John Lewis, Newcastle (aka Bainbridges). It was near Christmas and I chose a slice of white cake bejewelled with a few large sultanas, cherries and angelica in the mix. The cake was vanilla flavoured with white icing and a piece of angelica and a cherry decorated each slice. It was gorgeous and the memory has stayed with me ever since then.
I tried to get the recipe from JL but the chef who made the cake had left and taken the recipe with him.
Try as I might I can only find Christmas cake recipes that are the traditional dark brown, dense, rich type, nobody seems to have published a recipe that's anything like the light alternative I ate that day.
Has anyone any suggestions of how to proceed?

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cjordie

White fruitcake

Hi. I have seen alot of 'White Fruitcake' recipes that seem to be similar to what you describe? My Aunt used to make something similar but alas has since lost the recipe - which is such a shame as it was a firm family favourite when I was young. happy hunting. x

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Andy Hale

White fruitcake

Having looked at several of the white fruitcake recipes on the web I'm afraid they aren't exactly what I'm looking for. They all seem to have too much fruit and other ingredients, no vanilla and the actual cake is golden rather than white/cream coloured.

There was a lot more actual cake material in the one I'm looking for which allowed the golden sultanas, cherries, angelica (and possibly candied pineapple) to shine out as individuals in a pale cream background. Definitely not 'packed' with fruit.

I've just recalled, although I may be mistaken, but it could be that it was an iced tart with a thin pastry base and sides, a cake interior, with a white icing top. However I can't see why it couldn't be made as a cake, maybe there was a problem with it holding together without a pastry case.

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Wendy

White cake

I have a recipe in a rather old cook book for white cake. It's not dissimilar to a Victoria sponge cake except that it uses egg white and no yolks. I've no idea if this is what you are after but I can post the recipe if you are interested. The recipe doesn't include fruit or vanilla.

Wendy

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Wendy

White cake PS

Sorry, the cake does have vanilla essence or extract in it, I'd turned over two pages together.

Wendy

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Elpe

A vanilla Christmas cake

Looking in my files I found four recipes for white fruit cake. One was from the BBC Good Food site called Aunty Betty's White Fruit Cake. Another was from allrecipes.com called White Fruit Cake - it uses 8 eggs. Another came from the Scottish Milk Marketing Board book, Eating for Goodness Sake called White Fruit Cake - my sister used to make this. And the final one is simply typed with no source acknowledged, called White Christmas Cake. None of them uses vanilla but I guess you could add that at will. Just say if you'd like any of those.

 
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