Ready to make Christmas Cake mix

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Lindenne

Ready to make Christmas Cake mix

This has worked fabulously for me for the last 2 years but where can I purchase it this year? Waitrose done seem to have it.

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Elpe

Ready to make Christmas Cake mix

Noreen has said that Delia is not doing it this year but Waitrose do their own.

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Welshcookie

Ready-to-make cake

Please will someone explain why it is preferable to buy a 'kit' than buy the separate ingredients and make a cake from scratch? There are plenty of good Christmas Cake recipes around, surely?

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JAMES

Christmas Cake.

I'd have thought it perfectly obvious, Welshcookie. It was clearly aimed at people who do not usually do things like make a cake. Why buy a full pack of everything just for the remainder to go off in the cupboard?

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Welshcookie

Cake Kit

I do not imagine there is anything in the kit that it is not easy to use up in other dishes.

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JAMES

Cake Kit.

Well there is certainly nothing in a Christmas cake that I use on a regular basis, I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Is there some reason why this year you've just become argumentative, unreasonable and just post rubbish?

Its becoming very tedious.

If people want to buy a cake kit what is it to you? Why do you want to make people feel stupid because they want to?

Personally I'd never use black treacle, any of the dried fruits, or blanched almonds in any recipe so I might not actually want to buy a big pack of them.

I'd not buy the kit, Christmas cake is just revolting to me, but I can understand that people would want to not be left with loads if half used packs of things they will never use again.

It's not rocket science.

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Welshcookie

Christmas Cake

Wow, James, that came out of left-field! Sorry if I'm tedious, I only wondered.

As I live over 80 miles from the nearest Waitrose, I do not have the choice of whether to buy the kits or not. I don't even know what I'm missing. I've never seen one.

Last night for supper we had baked apples stuffed with dried fruit. A bread and butter pudding would not be the same without dried fruit. Nuts are easy to use. A tin of treacle keeps from year to year. Spices go in lots of baking. Does the kit contain flour? Sugar?

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Nenna

Christmas cake

Not just because I'm Welsh, but I'm with Welshcookie on this! If someone wants to make a cake, whether it is out of a box or not, it seems to me they are interested in baking and they like cake. Therefore they might want to go one step further and make one from scratch, they will then have the ingredients at hand for another cake. It will work out cheaper for them and they will have a sense of pride in making something rather than just putting something together, you could say the difference in doing an original painting or a dot to dot picture! None of the ingredients are in enormous packages anyway, one or two cakes would use them all up and they can all be stored for a matter of months not days. Obviously, if you don't like cake, like you James, you wouldn;t want to make any cake, out of a box or otherwise.

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Cake in a box

The reason Delia developed the cake in a box was to inspire people who may have never tried to bake their own Christmas Cake. It is also so that money is not spent on all the individual ingredients which then sit in the cupboard half used and then thrown out, so in the long term it can save money.

Obviously it is not aimed at those who bake regularly, as it wouldn't be cost effective.

It has given so many people confidence, we have had many, many letters and emails from those who have tried the box, seen how fabulous the cake is and then gone on to make it by buying the ingredients.

It's all about inspiration and building confidence, something Delia is passionate about.

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sam from worthing

Cake in a Bag

and it has obviously has worked Nor, judging by some of the comments wanting to re-buy the cake box. Good old Auntie D.

Hopefully, those who have made it before, will get the individual ingredients now, many of the supermarkets now do 500g and 1kg packs of mixed sometimes "luxury" dried fruits, rather than buying one back of currants, one bag of sultanas etc. shame black treacle doesn't come in smaller tubs/bottles. my black treacle tin is about 7 years old - i still use it.

would it be too late for this product to be re-introduced as there is it seems a demand for it.

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JAMES

Christmas Cake.

"would it be too late for this product to be re-introduced as there is it seems a demand for it."

Far too late now, Sam. Supermarkets Christmas buying will have been all finalised months ago.

I do agree with you, it was a brilliant idea and it has inspired people. I don't make cakes, I don't make puddings, if I were to make a cake for some odd reason, a kit of the correct ingredients would be perfect. It's hardly "dot to dot" as Nenna said, all that's has been done for you is the ingredients weighed out and supplied in the correct quantities.
You still make the actual cake. People are making it sound as if it's just buying a cake off the shelf, and clearly was not.

Welshcookie, no idea where you do shop but these things were done by loads of different supermarkets last year, it was just the Delia one that started it off. Tesco, Sainsbuys, Co-Op and Asda all did own brand 'christmas cake in a bag kits' last Christmas.

Its just the attitude that annoys me. Just like when someone asks where to buy one of the cheat ingredients that they can no longer find and people reply with 'Just make it yourself'. They obviously do not want to make it themselves or they would not have asked........... The kit, and that book were aimed at very different people to the people on here who make it themselves....... I cook from scratch more than the average person, I'd say. Most of us on here prob also do, but many people do not. I have never used black treacle, dried fruits, mixed spice etc in ANY recipe. I do not want to 300g tin of something when I need a tablespoon of it. Why people feel the need to make others feel stupid over it is beyond me. It's insulting people.

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JAMES

Christmas Cake.

"Does the kit contain flour? Sugar?"

Yes, you only need to add butter, eggs, and brandy if you want to.

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Welshcookie

Christmas Cake

Thank you James. My nearest supermarket (a Tesco) is 15 miles away, and rather small. I will look out for a kit next time I visit it.

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Lindenne

Ready to make Christmas Cake mix

I just wanted to say thank you to all those who posted replies and to correct some assumptions made........I am a busy working woman doing 2 jobs, with a busy household and a limited budget. Yes, I love baking but that doesnt always fit in with other domestic or indeed family needs. As a family we dont eat many cakes. So having been a lifelong fan of Delia and her no nonsense attitude, (I still have a much used first print of Complete Cookery Course on my kitchen bookcase), I found the christmas cake kit a complete life saver. So to those individuals that inferred I might be a little bit lazy or didnt know how to bake, please stop and think what you write before putting finger to keyboard. To conclude, I have bought the Waitrose cake kit, and will see how it turns out. Also I dont see the point of having a cupboard full of cake ingredients that I would only use very occasionally.

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Becs37

Christmas cake kit

I'd like to also say I'm disappointed that the kits aren't available this year. I am a regular baker and have been making my own christmas cakes for years. The kits were great because I always ended up with loads of out of date dried fruit, glac&"233; cherries, mixed peel, black treacle because with the exception of sultana scones anything I made never used those ingredients.

 
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