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Smells really nice, actually

This past Sunday was Stir-Up Sunday, the last one before Advent. So named for the day’s scripture from the Book of Common Prayer: “Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people…”

It is the day British housewives cook their Christmas cakes and puddings. Or, in our case, British badgers do so.

Not being a religious sort of mustelid, though, he waited until today to start his Christmas cake. It smells lovely and spicy, to be honest, but I don’t touch the stuff. I’m not fond of dried fruit and I really, really hate booze in food. Brits make it five weeks before Christmas so there’s plenty of time to feed it dollops of brandy every few days.

You’re not supposed to drive after eating a big wodge of the stuff.

If you’d like to see it big and in color, here you go. I understand he has meticulously documented every step of the process. If you’re into cake porn, I’m sure he’d be more than willing to share the recipe.


Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: November 28, 2023, 8:01 pm

British baking at it’s finest!

Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: November 28, 2023, 10:23 pm

Say “Au revoir” to Charlie Munger…

Charles Thomas Munger (January 1, 1924 – November 28, 2023) was

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: November 28, 2023, 10:57 pm

Is that why Mrs D cranks up the bakery at this time of year?

Though it’s Banana Bread and Pound Cakes here.

Someone has the expanded belt size to prove it.

Comment from p2
Time: November 29, 2023, 1:49 am

If Unca B is willing to share, I’m willing to be into cake pron. Email addy’s in the usual spot. Thanks!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: November 29, 2023, 11:25 am

I have two unopened bottles of brandy in the pantry, so maybe Uncle Badger’s Christmas cake recipe is just what we need!

JavaMan loves fruitcake. He once bought 11 two-pound boxes of unsold Christmas fruitcakes—in March. For $1 each (in the Sears appliance and catalog store). So yes, that was 22 pounds of fruitcake that I stacked in the back of the refrigerator 🙂

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: November 29, 2023, 12:38 pm

@Deborah HH – goodness!
It is encouraging to know that others understand you must never eat commercial fruit cake because there are a precise number of them in existence at any given time mandated by act of Congress.
When someone actually consumes one they have to reopen the factory/bakery and replenish the stock.
Good on you for volunteering your freezer as part of the strategic fruitcake reserve!

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