Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ruby Wedding Cake - the Winner!

Finally,  I can post about the recipe that won my vote for my parents' celebratory Ruby Wedding cake.  Their anniversary fell towards the end of September, but for various reasons we did not have a family hurrah for them until the end of October.  We met up at a country house hotel in the Cotswolds for a lovely lunch and then a stroll around the house gardens enjoying the autumn colours.


Afterwards we travelled the short distance to my parents' home and had a light tea with the much anticipated (by me at least) anniversary cake.  The recipe suggestion I had gone with came from Kate Noble, who recommended the recipe she had used for her own wedding cake, no less.  It originated from BBC Good Food, who entitle it 'Hot Toddy Fruit Cake', and list it as a Christmas cake.  I chose it because I liked the idea of a very moist cake, and as my parents are keen tea drinkers I thought it apt to go with this recipe.

I made it a month ahead, and then fed it a couple of times with a little more whisky, and possibly some rum too.  A week before D-day I added a layer of marzipan, and then a day or two before the final eating I added some royal icing coloured a splendid shade of ruby red (you should have seen my hands after adding the colouring - attractive for meeting my child from nursery...).

Finally, I added the piped wording and the piped heart embellishment, along with some edible gold glitter, the day before.  I mixed some of the glitter with the icing in the piping bag but as this didn't give the full twinkle I added some more afterwards.  I was actually quite impressed by my restraint with the glitter.  You know, sometimes less IS more...


The cake was a perfect travel companion on the three hour trip from here to there.  The weight of it stopped it from sliding about on the cake board and the simplicity of the decoration meant no tears on that front either.

Now, I should confess that I was a little nervous about the moment the cake was cut into.  It had seemed very moist when I transferred it from the tin to the board, and despite reinserting a skewer several times and coming back with a dry reading, I was worried that the centre of the cake would prove to be soggy.  The moment of truth came and a sigh of relief was issued.  The cake had cooked perfectly, and I hadn't ruined it all with that final tot of brandy (for medicinal purposes).


Yes, it was as good as it looks here, managing to pull off the trick of being both light and dense, and kist as importantly, moist and tasty.  Scrum-tiddly-dumptious.  In fact, my only disappointment was that I only got to have one piece of it.  I plan to make a Christmas cake using this recipe, and as Christmas cake is not so popular with my husband, this cunning ruse should ensure that I get to eat a whole heap of fruit cake in just over a month's time.  Roll on Christmas.


Happy anniversary, Mum and Dad!

53 comments:

Ann said...

Lovely. I would love it, but I would probably be the only one in my family! Your decorations are beautiful, too.

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I've just stumbled across your blog and was bowled over by how beautiful this cake looks. If it tasted anywhere near as good as it looks then I'm sure it was a triumph!

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I love your blog!

I am currently writing a short piece on Welsh traditions for a University project (I'm at Cardiff Uni). Would you mind if I quoted you from your article on Welsh taffy? I could link to your blog as well :)

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Nigelinspain said...

Wow what a lovely looking cake, just the sort I like with plenty of fuit and cherries.

Many thanks!

Anonymous said...

The cake looks yummy and your son is precious! aaawww!

I found your site a few days ago when I went looking for custard recipes. Because of you, I've found a new love in UK cooking (even though I'm from the US). I think I'll attempt the mince pies or the Coventry godcakes for Christmas.

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I have nothing else to say but what a very beautiful cake!!! It's so bold and elegant. Just, wow!

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Thanks for that great post. I have come to the time in my life where I really appreciate home made food.

Somehow it seems to taste much better than shop bought.

That´s why I spend so much time working in my garden growing my own vegetables. Mind you I must admit your cake looks far more appertising than the bunch of carrots I´ve just brought in.

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dear Ann i was looking for an english blog and i have found your ..it 's very nice,with a lot of interesting recipe to translate..

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Wonderful cake pics! This wedding cake design is amazing. Thanks a lot for idea.

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I love your blog, and it's a pity that your are not posting anymore ! Living in France, I'm very found of British food - and espacially cakes - and it is a real pleasure to read your recipes. Shall you be back in the future ?
Many thanks.

Claire said...

This cake looks lovely. I happened to create a light but moist fruitcake recently when I accidently forgot to add 500g of dried fruit to a rich fruit cake I was making. The end result was much better than I expected and I've just done the same thing with a wedding cake that I'm making. I love a dark rich fruit cake but these days many people are looking for something lighter. Good job!

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Steve said...

Your cake looks beautiful and very professional. I didn't used to like dried fruit in cake, but have got quite a taste for it recently. Your design has inspired me somewhat.

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Seriously nice cake. I've tried to make some cakes in the past but nothing as advanced as this. Did it take long to get the colour perfect?

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Mona said...

Congratulations to your parents! I found your blog today and used your scotch pancakes recipe, they were amazing, thank you very much! Mona x

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It is nice to give a wedding cake but I think it is not a good idea. I would give a gift that can be keep and cannot be easily lost.

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Love the cake. I can see why it won.
Thanks.

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