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Christmas cake

This traditional Christmas cake pulls out all the stops - if you have the time, feed it with brandy in the run up to Christmas.

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To decorate

For the royal icing

  • 3 free-range egg whites
  • 600g/1lb 5oz icing sugar, sieved
  • 1½ tsp liquid glycerine - optional
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice