Christmas Cake is an English tradition that started as plum porridge. They used to eat it on Christmas Eve, to clear their stomachs after a day of fasting. Soon dried fruit, spices and honey were added to the porridge mixture, and eventually it turned into Christmas puddings.
In the 16th century butter, wheat flour and eggs were added to the recipe of the food. These ingredients helped hold the mixture together and that resulted in a boiled plum cake. Families having ovens began making fruit cakes with marzipan, an almond sugar paste, for Easter. For Christmas, they made a similar cake using seasonal dried fruit and spices. The spices represented the exotic eastern spices. That is the most popular ” Christmas Cakes” today.
Christmas cake is type of fruit cake served at the time of Christmas. Usually it may be light or black , spongy ,shaped round /square.
Different types of Christmas cakes
It is always made fresh to ensure a soft, moist and light texture. It is simply like a sandwich with butter cream in the middle and dipped with icing sugar and butter.