In M&S ‘Classics for Christmas’ range is a top-iced Christmas cake. I tried it last year for the first time, and was surprised how good it was. The question is, can it be as good as Aunt Milla’s Christmas cake, which I make every year to a recipe she left behind. The surprise is that the two taste very similar to each other. The M&S cake, like Aunt Milla’s, is rich, moist, and laden with fruit. In view of the close match, this year I bought the M&S cake and didn’t make Aunt Milla’s cake for the first time in ages. However, someone else made one, so the tradition is maintained. The M&S cake is excellent, and available in a sensible size.
I think next year I’ll make Aunt Milla’s again, not for any superiority of taste or texture, but because it’s fun making it.