Prepare this fruit cake in advance and feed it regularly with rum, brandy or whisky to build the flavour and keep it moist
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Get-ahead for Christmas by making this cake on Stir-up Sunday. It's the last Sunday before Advent, is the traditional start of the Christmas season, and falls on 23 Nov in 2014. It is thought that the name originated from the collect for the day from the Book of Common Prayer, which begins: ‘Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord…’ and unintentionally reminds churchgoers that it’s time to make the Christmas pudding!
Feeding your cake
Feed your cake every fortnight for up to 2 months. If you notice your cake is going dark early on and you’re worried about it burning on the top cover it with some foil or baking parchment. If you prefer not to feed your cake with alcohol try using tea instead.