Hogsmeade Christmas Cake

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It seems to be perpetually snowy and Christmasy in Hogsmeade so what better place to base my Christmas Cake design on. A row of houses like the village is usually portrayed is a bit much for the top of a cake (and my skill level) so I opted for a little village scene. Sort of a moment in time of people out enjoying (enduring) the snow.

I chose these scenes as my starting point and worked from there.

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The recipe and method of this cake are inspired by the Christmas cake my mother learned to make when she was younger.


Recipe:

  • 200g Glace Cherries
  • 175g Raisins
  • 350g Currants
  • 400g Sultanas
  • 150g Dried Cranberries
  • 100g Dried Apricots
  • 200ml Rum (more if needed and 2tbsp for feeding)
  • Grated rind of two Oranges
  • 250g Butter, room temp
  • 250g Muscovado Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1 tbsp Black Treacle
  • 75g Self-Raising Flour
  • 175g Plain Flour
  • 1½tsp Mixed Ground Spice
  • 1tsp Cinnamon
  • 100g Chopped Almonds

Notes:

The fruit must similar size so chop up the cherries and apricots. Mix the fruit with the orange rind and rum. Cover and leave for 1 – 3 days stirring occasionally and adding more rum if the fruit is a bit dry. Mix the wet ingredients as in video and combine the flour with the ground spice and cinnamon before adding it. Grease your baking tin with butter before adding the cake mix to it. You will need a 10×10 inch baking tin for this recipe. Preheat oven to 120°c and bake for 4 – 4.5 hours. Check after 2 hours, cover with a piece of cardboard and return to the oven for another 2/2.5 hours. The cake is ready when a wooden skewer comes out clean when stuck in the middle. It’s better to wait at least a day before decorating the cake.

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“Harry arrived early in the Room of Requirement for the last DA meeting before the holidays and was very glad he had, because when the torches burst into flame he saw that Dobby had taken it upon himself to decorate the place for Christmas. He could tell the elf had done it, because nobody else would have strung a hundred golden baubles from the ceiling, each showing a picture of Harry’s face and bearing the legend: ‘HAVE A VERY HARRY CHRISTMAS!”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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