I have been hesitating about this post for three weeks. The cake was the first ‘near-fails’ I have had for a while, and I had high hopes for Delia Smith’s famous Christmas cake recipe, unchanged since 1978.
But, this is why I started a blog – to record ideas and trials, both successes and failures.
Besides, I gave the cake Twilight themed decoration, and how often do you see (badly lit) photos of a Twilight themed Christmas cake?
The reason for the near-miss was the baking time. Delia’s instructions were clear: don’t even look at the cake until at least four hours have passed. When someone with Delia’s motherly authority says that, one obeys the instructions. To the tee.