overcooked fruit cake

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emma morris

overcooked fruit cake

ive over cooked the delia fruit cake, its much browner than i would have liked and the nuts ive put on the top have sunk alittle, its my first fruit cake and i dont have time to do another, could i flip it over and marzipan and ice it!!

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Lizzie Lancashire

Overcooked fruit cake

I always flip mine over to ice them anyway, so there's a nice flat surface on the top. If the cake is overcooked, it might be a bit dry - might be worth pricking it all over with a skewer and feeding it with a bit of brandy (or orange juice if you can't have alcohol).

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emma morris

thanks x

thanks for your reply Im beginning to flap abit! i presoaked the fruit in tea because i cant use booze, so im hoping it wont be dry, i have flipped it, it looks much better the only problem is, there is a layer of nuts on the bottom now, i dont want this to put me off as ive been afraid to do one and stick lemon dizzles!!

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emma morris

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"I always flip mine over to ice them anyway, so there's a nice flat surface on the top. If the cake is overcooked, it might be a bit dry - might be worth pricking it all over with a skewer and feeding it with a bit of brandy (or orange juice if you can't have alcohol)."


ps what time do you cook yours for and ive a fan assisted oven i followed the delia christmas book??

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sam from worthing

overcooked fruit cake.



fruit cakes are notorious in a way, and it is depending on individual ovens. its something you learn over time.

Your cake will be fine.

take a serrated knife, and cut a very thin layer off the top of your cake, to remove the worst of the over doneness. then with a skewer, pour over some more stewed tea. leave for 2 days, covered.

then turn so the top is at the bottom and do your preffered lemon drizzle - the cake will be good for a week-10 days.

It doesn't matter if you follow delias recipe and substitute the alcohol for fruit or tea (the alcohol is for preservation and longevity), just as long as you double line the tin - and cover after the first hour. I would reduce cooking temp by 20c, and i would check your cake after an hour, then cover, then check on the half hour, then if necessary every 10-15 mins after that.

then when you have cracked the timings - write in pencil on your recipe page for this oven you currently have.

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sam from worthing

overcooked fruit cake.


and yes, you can flip - i would marzipan 2-3 days before icing it - to allow the marzipan to dry out, so it won't bleed through the icing.

don't store cake in tupperware either - your cake will sweat, just pop a clean tea towel over it, esp as it won't be a long lasting cake, then marzipan, covering again in tea towel, 2-3 days later ice it, cover in tea towel for 24 hours then for a short time you can if necessary put in tupperware.

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emma morris

thankyou x

the cake went down very well!! loads of compliments and people asking to take some home, thankyou xxx

 
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