The cake turned out much better than I had imagined!! I made two chocolate sponge cakes filled with chocolate butter cream, which I placed on top of one another and covered with white chocolate ganache. Then I stuck smarties around the sides and finally I cut a hungry caterpillar out of icing to decorate the top of the cake with.
Thank you xx
If you haven’t yet bought your Christmas pudding or made one even, then let me share this recipe with you as there is still time, as I only made mine today! I first made this version of a Christmas pudding last year and it went down so well with all my guests! So much so that I have been asked to make it again this year! I have to thank the BBC Good Food Magazine for this amazing recipe as it was in my December issue last year, but you can also find it on their website.
One thing I like about this version of a Christmas pudding is that you don’t have to steam it as you bake it in the oven, and because it is baked in a loaf tin it cuts so much more easily for your guests than a pudding bowl version! I made a couple of adjustments to the recipe this year, having stuck to the original last year, but the recipe is as follows:
I appreciate that a joint of beef doesn’t take long to cook the conventional way in an oven. However, I like the fact that I can leave it cooking all day if I want to, while I am doing other things. I often put my beef in my slow cooker before breakfast on a Sunday morning for Sunday lunch. This means that I have a few hours, maybe all day, to enjoy time with my family. Allowing us to go out for a walk to work up an appetite, or to visit friends or family, before I need to return to the kitchen and get the vegetables cooked, and the slow cooker roast beef dished up.