Soggy christmas cakes

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sparkyaL

Soggy christmas cakes

Hi
I've fed my christmas cakes weekly for the past 9 weeks. They're stored in greaseproof paper then foil and kept in airtight boxes.
But, i think they're too moist, in fact, soggy.
Is there any way of salvaging them?

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Janice

Soggy Christmas cakes

If you have been feeding them for 9 weeks they are bound to be moist. Were they moist when they cooled after baking or is it because of the feeding? If the latter I would not worry, they will be delicious. Presumably you have stopped feeding them and in my opinion, the moister the better. If you used Delia's recipe they will taste divine anyway. Maybe a cake expert will differ, but I would not be too concerned.

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Thistledo

SparkyaL

Made Delia's Christmas cake many times and yes, it has a tendency to be'soggy'. The fruit & booze used to make it in the first place, makes it moist, so the added feeding is always going to make it more so. Ease off feeding now and see how it is a week before eating. Use a straw instead of a spoon on the day, lol. Made 9 weeks ago? That's a long time. Always made mine at the very end of October and fed it each week. It IS a moist cake.

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sparkyaL

Soggy christmas cakes

HI
The cakes were cooled in there tins and once cool, wrapped and stored.
The receipe includes lots of moist fruit.

If i want too, can i remove the cakes from their containers and dry them for a day ot three, prior to covering with marzipan?

Many thanks

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Welshcookie

Soggy Christmas Cake

I always feed - I don't give them much - from the bottom, not the top. I prick all over with a skewer or fork to half the depth of the cake and then put alcohol over the base in moderate quantities.

When I marzipan and ice I do so on the base of the cake, as it's always flat.

 
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