Christmas cake - two recipes?

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Anna_w

Christmas cake - two recipes?

Hi Lindsey,

I feel a bit confused: when I did a search on Google for Delia's Christmas cake I was directed to a Delia recipe on deliaonline that included creaming the sugar and butter and then beating in the eggs.
But when I instead search directly on deliaonline, the only version that comes up is a recipe where you sift the flour and then just add all the other ingredients, without creaming.
My question is: should you cream or not? Does it make a difference?
Second question: why does the creaming recipe not come up when I search within deliaonline?

Kind regards
Anna

Ps. I have just baked the creaming version - it's cooling nicely now!

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Lindsey, Food Editor

Delia's Christmas Cake

Hello Anna,

The recipe you found online is Delia’s latest version from her new cakes book.

Both versions work but the all-in-one version is easier.

We have both here online…
http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/galleries/Christmas-recipe-gallery-cakes-and-toppings/classic-christmas-cake.html

http://www.deliaonline.com/how-to-cook/baking/how-to-make-a-christmas-cake.html

Google often brings up earlier versions of recipes ready to print.

Best wishes

Lindsey

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Anna_w

Which one is best?

Hi Lindsey,
Thanks for your reply.
Which one of the two recipes (creaming butter vs. just mixing the ingredients) gives the best result?
Can you tell the difference? If so, what is the difference?
Many thanks
Anna

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Lindsey, Food Editor

Christmas Cake

Hello Anna,

You can’t tell the difference once they are baked.

The creaming method takes longer and has the risk of curdling and loosing the air if the egg is added a little too quickly so we prefer the all-in-one, especially for beginners.

Best wishes

Lindsey

 
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