But how about making a Christmas Cake with a little bit of a difference this year? Sound good?
Well I have an amazing recipe for Ginger Christmas Cake from Opies.
They have some wonderful ingredients perfect to add to a Christmas Cake recipe to spice it up this year and they sent me some of these to try.
I was sent some Stem Ginger in Syrup, Crystallised Stem Ginger, Cocktail Cherries and Pickled Walnuts.
I will definetly be using some of these to make some special Ginger Christmas Cake this year.
Here is the recipe...
75ml Ginger Wine plus extra for ‘feeding’
200g Opies Crystallised Stem Ginger roughly chopped
50g Opies Cocktail Cherries roughly chopped
200g Dark Muscovado Sugar
280g Opies Stem Ginger in Syrup
3 Medium Free Range Eggs
250g Self Raising Flour
1 tablespoon Ground Mixed Spice
For the Marzipan layer:
20g Reserved Stem Ginger Syrup
For the Royal Icing layer:
500g Icing Sugar
3 Egg Whites
Juice of ½ a Lemon
1 teaspoon Glycerine
You will need one 15cm/6inch cake tin, greased and lined on the bottom and insides with baking paper and wrapped in a couple of sheets of newspaper. Place a slim wad of newspaper on the shelf of your oven shelf to sit the cake on too to protect it whist baking.
2. The next day: Set the oven to 150C oven, 140C fan
In a large bowl, place the softened unsalted butter and dark muscovado sugar. Cream together until light and fluffy.
Opies Stem Ginger in Syrup (350g £2.50) & Crystallised Ginger (200g £2.35) are both available from Tesco
Opies Cocktail Cherries (225g from £1.49) are available from all major supermarkets.
Would you like to win a Christmas bundle of Opies Food? Includes Opies Stem Ginger in Syrup, Crystallised Ginger, Opies Cocktail Cherries and some pickled Walnuts. Enter on the Gleam app below to WIN!