I know it is nowhere near Christmas and that I really should not be thinking of rich, dense, fruit laden, alcoholic cakes, but it is cold mid-winter here in NZ and for me that means Xmas Cake. In fact, Pakeha New Zealanders, many being European descendants of the second wave colonisation of these islands, sensibly have a tradition of mid-winter Christmas, which takes place sensibly in July. So now I can have Christmas Cake twice a year.
Here are some I (and you) can chose between:
|England||Rich with fruit cake||Currants, sultanas, raisins, poss. angelica||Rum||Marzipan, Royal Icing||Holly, ribbons, writing|
|Raisins, sultanas, orange zest, Seville marmalade||(Disputed) Whisky||No||Almonds|
|Sri Lanka||Spicy rich fruit cake||Glace pineapple & cherries, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, black pepper, choko*||Treacle, brandy, rosewater.||Almond icing||No|
sponge and fruit
|Dates, cherries, dried orange peel, cinnamon, clove, cashews||White sugar||No||Dusted with icing sugar|
|No||Cane sugar||Whipped cream||Strawberries, chocolate, Santa|
|Philippines 1||Dense cake with fruit and nuts||As English, plus macerated nuts||Brandy, rum, palm sugar, civet must or rose/orange water||No||Dried fruit and nuts|
|Rice flour & coconut milk||Light brown sugar||Salted egg slices & cheese, sugar & shredded coconut||No|
|Raisins, candied citrus, lemon zest||Rum||No||No|
yeast based cake
|Sultanas, candied lemon & orange peel, nutmeg, cardamon, almonds||Rum||Icing sugar for thick dusting||No|
|Jamaica||Rich fruit and alcohol laden||Prunes, cherries, currants, raisins. Cinnamon, mutmeg, cloves.||Rum, port, cherry brandy, brandy, angostura bitters, molasses||No||Dusted with icing sugar|
|Buche de Noel – light sponge||Coffee granules, cocoa powder, whipping cream||Grand Marnier, Kahlua||Decorative butter cream flavoured with coffee or chocolate||Plastic – Santa, Xmas tree, holly|
*Choko: the fruit of the chayote plant, eaten as a vegetable in the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.