Xmas Cake

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:

CountryCakeAdditionsSugar/
Alcohol
CoveringDecorate
EnglandRich with fruit cakeCurrants, sultanas, raisins, poss. angelicaRumMarzipan, Royal IcingHolly, ribbons, writing
ScotlandDundee
crumbly
Raisins, sultanas, orange zest, Seville marmalade(Disputed) WhiskyNoAlmonds
Sri LankaSpicy rich fruit cakeGlace pineapple & cherries, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, black pepper, choko*Treacle, brandy, rosewater.Almond icingNo
KeralaRich
sponge
and fruit
Dates, cherries, dried orange peel, cinnamon, clove, cashewsWhite sugarNoDusted with icing sugar
JapanLight
sponge
NoCane sugarWhipped creamStrawberries, chocolate, Santa
Philippines 1Dense cake with fruit and nutsAs English, plus macerated nutsBrandy, rum, palm sugar, civet must or rose/orange waterNoDried fruit and nuts
Philippines 2Bibingka
Coconut
cake
Rice flour & coconut milkLight brown sugarSalted egg slices & cheese, sugar & shredded coconutNo
ItalyPanettone –
sweet sourdough
bread
Raisins, candied citrus, lemon zestRumNoNo
GermanyStollen –
yeast based cake
Sultanas, candied lemon & orange peel, nutmeg, cardamon, almondsRumIcing sugar for thick dustingNo
JamaicaRich fruit and alcohol ladenPrunes, cherries, currants, raisins. Cinnamon, mutmeg, cloves.Rum, port, cherry brandy, brandy, angostura bitters, molassesNoDusted with icing sugar
France,
Belgium,
Switzerland,
Luxembourg, Lebanon.
Buche de Noel – light spongeCoffee granules, cocoa powder, whipping creamGrand Marnier, KahluaDecorative butter cream flavoured with coffee or chocolatePlastic – Santa, Xmas tree, holly
CountryCakeAdditionsSugar/
Alcohol
CoveringDecorate
Some Xmas cakes around the world

*Choko: the fruit of the chayote plant, eaten as a vegetable in the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

Enjoy!