Get Ready for Christmas with Essence of Cake

I always find researching why things are the way they are (in the baking world) so fascinating, so again I wanted to share what I found with you.

Christmas cake is an English tradition that began as plum porridge. People ate the porridge on Christmas Eve, using it to line 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 pudding.

 

In the 16th century, oatmeal was removed from the original recipe, and butter, wheat flour and eggs were added and richer families with 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 brought by the Wise Men. This cake became known as ‘Christmas cake’.

A Brief History...

We're Taking Orders NOW!

If you want one less thing to do this Christmas, then look no further.

Essence of Cake is now taking orders for:

  • Christmas Cake (English fruit cake with brandy or Jamaican rum cake)​​

    • You can order a plain or decorated cake, general or personalised.  We are happy to discuss your requirements to make sure your Christmas celebrations are extra special

    • We also make mini, specially wrapped cakes as shown above

  • Gingerbread Xmas Trees

    • These stacked star shaped gingerbreads which form a Xmas tree, are crunchy and spicy​, perfect for Christmas with a warming cup of hot chocolate

    • You can order a general or personalised tree.  We are happy to discuss your requirements to make sure your Christmas celebrations are extra special