MANY people never have enough room for pudding after their Christmas dinner.
But now they don’t have to miss out – a Lindley-based cake maker has created a Christmas cake which is also a Christmas dinner.
Allison Whitmarsh, of Proper Maid, has created a Christmas dinner cake made from all the Christmas dinner trimmings.
Carrots, parsnips, cranberries, chestnuts, spices and sprouts all go into the cake, which is topped off with a cream cheese frosting, an orange marmalade filling and is decorated with cranberries and white chocolate curls.
Allison explained: “It’s an unusual concept but one which I was asked to do and have really enjoyed creating.
“I looked at what was in a Christmas dinner and started putting the ingredients together.
“It was trial and error at first. It’s based on our carrot cake recipe but with the extra vegetables.
“The first cake went straight into the bin as there were too many sprouts in it – it’s such a dominant flavour so we reduced the quantity.
“The second cake we made was much better and it’s now got the right balance of flavours.
“Vegetables are great in cakes, but I’ve never put an entire meal in one.”
The Christmas dinner cake was commissioned by Weeton’s of Harrogate bakery and deli, but is on general sale too.
It’s got half a kilo of vegetables in the cake and is vegetarian.
Allison, a former dinnerlady at Reinwood, Longley and All Saints schools, added: “We’ve had a good reaction to it so far, people have been surprised – we’re baking them every day.”
The unusual ingredients fit in with Allison’s unique cake list – she created a dandelion and burdock cake in homage to Huddersfield and Ben Shaws, while her first ever cake – courgette and lime – remains a best seller.
She added: “Three years ago I was still at home baking the cakes.
“I had to move from our previous premises in Marsh because there was no capacity to grow and in October we moved to Lindley to bigger premises.
“We’re still home baking. I think that’s what people like; and we use local produce and no additives. People have just got on board with what we do.
“I’m really proud of how far we’ve come.”
Allison now heads a team of 12 and won the Manufacturing Woman of the Year award at the Forward Ladies in Business Awards 2011.
You can taste the Christmas Dinner Cake for yourself on Sunday as Proper Maid will have a stall at the Holmfirth Farmers’ Market from 8am until 2pm.
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