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asked October 30th 2012

Christmas Fruit Cake: How far in advance can it be made and how to store

I am thinking about making some christmas fruit cakes in advance to save a mad rush. Ho long does it keep? Can i cover and decor it now or store the fruit cake and cover & decor later??? will be using marzipan and fondant for the covering and decor

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I am thinking about making some christmas fruit cakes in advance to save a mad rush. Ho long does it keep? Can i cover and decor it now or store the fruit cake and cover & decor later??? will be using marzipan and fondant for the covering and decor

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Hi Jean28

Fruit cakes should be baked at least three months in advance to allow time for maturing. Some people bake on Boxing day for the following year. I baked mine in August and have been feeding them brandy every two weeks.
They will be fed now right up a fortnight before I decorate. The longer fruit cake is allowed to mature, the deeper the flavour and moistness develops. There is a lot of information on the site about when and how to store fruit cake. Paul also has a section dealing with FC in the free/beginners tutorial library. If you bake your cakes now they will be fine and it does save a lot of time later.

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I’ll be making 3 Christmas cakes within the next week or two, I just haven’t had time up to this.

When each one is cool I’ll be double wrapping them seperately in grease-proof paper and storing them in airtight cake boxes.

I’ll feed them with whiskey every week or two until I am ready to marzipan them, I’ll probably do that in early December and give them a week or so to dry out a little (still double wrapped in fresh grease-proof paper and in the same boxes (but I won’t close the lids tight for this stage).

I’ll fondant ice about a week or so before Christmas, you might want to allow more drying time if you are royal-icing your cake.

Any fondant decorations you want to make can be made at any time and stored in a dark dust free environment until you are ready to use them.

This is my plan so far 🙂

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I made mine a couple of weeks ago, and they will be fed weekly.