What is the shelf-life of your cakes?
Our fruit cakes are freshly baked (unless you request a matured cake), giving you at least 9 months of storage time. However, as with any traditional fruit cake, the taste and texture will improve, not diminish, over time, so provided you keep the cake in a cool, dry place and wrapped (either in the original wrapping or cling-film) to ensure air does not get to it, there is really no shelf-life to fruit cake, they just get better and better!
Our sponge cakes have a 14-day shelf life from the day of delivery.
How should I store your cakes?
To store our cakes, simply pop them on a shelf or in a cupboard – you don’t need to refrigerate or freeze the cakes. Keep them in their wrappers until you need to use them. If you decide to unwrap them, wrap in cling-film and store in a tin or Tupperware container. The only thing to make sure of is that there are no really drastic changes in temperature (e.g from freezing to really warm).
What is the depth of a cake?
Our cakes are the standard depth of 2.5 inches. When covered in marzipan and icing this gives an approximately 3″ tall cake. If you are producing a taller cake, we recommend stacking two or more cakes together to achieve a greater height.
Top tip: Use a smear of apricot glaze as a ‘glue’ to stick two cakes together, compress lightly, leave to rest for at least 24 hours and when the cake is cut the seam should be invisible.
Are the cakes pre-cut?
No. The cakes are whole leaving you to stack or cut them as you wish.
I want a deeper cake, what should I do?
We recommend stacking the cakes. They are not pre-cut so you can stack them together easily to achieve a cake as tall as you like.
Is there any alcohol in the cake?
In our fruit cakes, we use a light sherry. The cakes do not have an alcohol taste though. If you want a boozy cake, you can feed it yourself.
Our sponge cakes do not contain alcohol unless it is specifically stated. Please see individual product description.
Can I feed (alcohol) the Fruit cakes myself?
Yes, if you want a more ‘boozy’ cake you can ‘feed’ it yourself. This is how we’d suggest doing it.
1. Prick small holes into the top of the cake using a toothpick or thin skewer. Make sure the holes run deep into the cake but don’t go all the way through.
2. Spoon brandy or rum over the cake, allowing it to run down the holes and soak into the middle of the cake.
3. Repeat this process every week until you’ve added the amount of alcohol you prefer. Don’t overdo it or your cake will be overpowered by too much booze. Don’t feed the cake more alcohol than it can absorb or you will ruin the texture of the cake.
1. Pour your alcohol of choice into a bowl.
2. Soak an unbleached muslin cloth in the booze until it is totally wet through.
3. While the cloth is soaking, add a substantial amount of booze the cake by dripping it onto the top of the cake and allowing it to soak in.
4. Wrap the cake in the soaked cloth.
5. Wrap the bound cake in a plastic or foil sheet and store away.
6. Every week brush the top of the cake with more booze.
What kind of alcohol to use
We’d recommend any spirit over 30% alcohol content is suitable so it really depends on taste. Traditionally rum or brandy is used, but Cointreau, whiskey or sherry are all good alternatives. Remember to buy the best quality bottle you can afford.
Our favourite is an amber rum, it adds a more delicate, smoky flavour than the darker variety and tends not to over-power the flavour of the cake. A 15-year-old Dzama rum is a great choice (but not in everyone’s budget!)
Using either method, the key is to give yourself plenty of time before eating. A fruitcake will need 6 weeks to start to mature, allowing the fruits to ripen and release more flavours. Adding all the booze at once will just saturate the cake and leave it soggy and the flavours won’t develop, so be patient, add little bits at a time and you’ll end up with a beautifully rich fruit cake!
Are you able to send matured Fruit cakes?
Yes. We keep a rolling stock of cakes from fresh to 9 months mature. Please specify that you would like a matured cake in the notes box on the checkout page and we will do our best to provide one.
Can I mature the Fruit cake myself?
Yes of course. Unless you request otherwise, we’ll send you a perfect, freshly baked cake which you can mature yourself for as long as you wish. Just make sure you keep it wrapped, dry, out of direct sunlight and cool.
How are the cakes packaged and delivered?
The cakes are individually wrapped in a cellophane wrap. They are sent in strong boxes and delivered by fully tracked courier.
Are these cake suitable for freezing?
No. We send them from frozen.
Are these cakes suitable for vegetarians?
Yes. We do not use gelatine in our cakes.
Are these cakes suitable for vegans?
No. We use real butter and free range egg in our cakes.
Do these cakes contain nuts?
Our Fruit cakes cakes contain almond essence.
Our sponge cakes do not contain nuts unless stated otherwise. Please see individual product description.
Please beware: all cakes are produced in a factory which handles nuts.
Do you use any genetically modified (GM) ingredients in your cakes?