I’m not sure if it’s too early or not but I made my Christmas cake this week. Last year I made a 20cm fruit cake using a Mary Berry recipe. It was lovely but rather bigger than I anticipated (I’m terrible at judging sizes!) and most of it ended up in the staff room come January. Why does no one like fruit cake?

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This year I’ve gone for a Delia Smith recipe ( http://www.deliaonline.com/information-centre/scaling-up-cake-recipes ) that I have scaled to fit in a 6 inch tin. It will be a teeny cake but that’s OK. Better that than most of it go to waste.

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Last year in the January sales I bought these cake decorations:

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We loved the Raymond Briggs books The Snowman and Father Christmas when we were little so these were a must for me. They’re a nice quality ceramic so will hopefully be an investment and can be reused year after year.

I need to spend a few weeks feeding my cake spirits before I marzipan and ice it. This year it’ll all get eaten!

It is with a tablespoon and a bottle of value brandy in hand I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

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