Monday, December 12, 2011

Do You Like Christmas Cake??...And It's Another Giveaway

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

I made my second ever Xmas cake in the last couple of days and it was real easy to do.  I used the Alison Holst recipe to make it.  If you don't know who she is, she is a very well known New Zealand cook who has wonderful simple recipes.  No home should be without one of her books.  I actually have quite a number of them and use them regularly.


I don't eat Xmas Cake neither does my daughter, but hubby and son love it, so guess whose tummy's it will be going into.

If you want it, here is the recipe for it.

Alison Holst Xmas Cake 

1.5 kg mixed fruit 
450g can crushed pineapple 
3 cups flour 
1 tsp each cinnamon and mixed spice 
½ tsp ground cloves 
225g butter 
1 C sugar 
½ tsp each vanilla, almond and lemon essence 
6 large eggs 
up to 1 extra cup flour 
About 50g cherries and 50g almonds to decorate. 

Two or three days before making the cake/s put the mixed fruit in a large plastic bag with the undrained pineapple. Leave in a warm place turning until the juice is absorbed. 

To Make: 

Mix the spices with the flour and put aside. Cream butter and sugar add essences until light and smooth. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, adding 2 Tbsp spiced flour to each egg. Toss remaining flour and fruit together in a large bowl. Stir in creamed mixture. Mixture should be soft enough to drop from spoon. If too soft, add extra flour. Put into tin or tins (lined of course). 

Bake depending on tin size as follows: 

23cm cake. (Mix makes one), 150°C 1 ½ hours then 130°C 2 more hours 
18cm cakes (makes 2) bake 140°C 1 hour then 130°C for 1 more hour 
10cm cakes (mix makes 12) bake 130°C for 1 ½ hours (smoked fish cans good for 10cms ones).

You can go to her website too and find this and other recipes.

Now onto the give-away

Firstly have you entered my other giveaway here  for the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party. It closes on the 17th, New Zealand time.

So onto my next giveaway

SewMamaSew is again hosting another Giveaway Day and I am participating in it again.


 To have a look at all the other linky's go here

Now what am I giving away this time??
Well I have made up this little bundle for the winner.

 Two Fat 1/8's of this delighful Xmas fabric

 This mug rug

And this Mail Sack pattern from Pink Chalk Studio

So what do you have to do to enter.

Leave me a comment.  Any old comment will be fine.
For an additional entry follow me and let me know

 Please only 2 comments (I will delete extras) and if you are a no-reply blogger, please leave me a way to contact you.  If you are the winner and I haven't got a way to contact , I will redraw.
I will close the draw on Saturday evening New Zealand time.

148 comments:

  1. I'm a blog follower

    Mary
    iammaryburke(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. I follow you on google and twitter

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  3. The cake looks yummo, can I have a bit of whipped cream on the side of mine thanks...lol.

    Fabric looks lovely and the mug rug is so cute. My sort of colours too.Plus a girl can never have too many bags or patterns....lol

    I am a follower as well.

    HUGGLES
    Lucky.

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  4. That bag looks fantastic, and I love the fabric! I'm following your blog with GFC.

    thriftycraftmama at gmail dot com

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  5. blog follower via GFC

    Desi
    weeshareblog@gmail.com

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  6. I'm a blog follower and I'm a sucker for bag patterns even though I haven't made all of the ones I already have!
    Cheers,
    Robyn

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  7. I'm a new follower. So glad I found you! My cousin and her family moved to Gisborne a couple of months ago and they are loving it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. That cake looks amazing!!

    I'm a follower too :)

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  9. That cake looks terrific. I am the Christmas cake eater here, my boys are more into savoury stuff.

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  10. Alison Holst's books are great!

    Thanks for the giveaway
    Sarah @ http://kiwigetscrafty.blogspot.com

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  11. Those look so nice. Thanks for making it possible to win them. I'm going to add myself as one of your followers :)

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway! The cake looks yummy, too! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Merry Christmas!

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  13. Thank you for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!

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  14. What a lovely giveaway! Thanks!

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway!

    nancebagance at yahoo dot ca

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  16. Thanks for participating in this giveaway. This is the 1st time that I have heard of it and I am having so much fun!

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  17. Thanks for the great giveaways!

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  18. Yummy cake. Lovely items. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

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  19. OK...I AM one of those crazy people who likes Fruit Cake (Christmas Cake) so I am going to give your recipe a try! Cheers!

    mynadala(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. My birthday is Saturday, and this would be a great birthday present!

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  21. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Thanks for the chance to win ^^v

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  22. Hoping to win that mail sack pattern. Thanks for the recipe.

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  23. Your Christmas cake looks so festive. I just made our fruitcake last Saturday. I can't wait to taste it.

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  24. lovely giveaway!! Thank you very much!!

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  25. Mmm, I love a good fruit cake. I've got mine baked and ready for Christmas. Actually, I made two but we already ate one.

    Fun giveaway. :)

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  26. I lov your site. The cake looks yummie to me, I'm always wonderung what other cultures and nations make special for christmas. Have nice holidays!

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  27. Thanks for a great giveaway.... I am super excited!

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  28. That is quite the cake there -- is that a traditional decoration with the X on top, I assume! Happy Holidays!

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  29. I love mug rugs and the purse pattern is great. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. I love the bag pattern.

    rebekahricker (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  31. I'm a follower.

    rebekahricker (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  32. that cake looks beautiful...but sounds to close to fruitcake for me! Thanks though!

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  33. I'd like to enter your contest; if I win I plan on using the fabric for our group, World of Charity Stitching, where we make lap quilts and totes for seniors citizens and children.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    http://keepmeinstitches-peggy.blogspot.com
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  34. I'm a new follower-thanks for a chance to win.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    http://keepmeinstitches-peggy.blogspot.com
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  35. What beautiful fabric & love the pattern! Thanks for a chance to win! The fruit cake looks good too - but no one in my house eats it at all. :)

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  36. I'm a follower of your blog! :)

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  37. Please enter me. Im also a follower.
    Laura

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  38. Thank you for the generous giveaway! I love big bags and I cannot lie...

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  39. I would make that mail sack for myself its so cool!

    Thanks! Merry Christmas, and I love christmas cake and fruit cake too!

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  40. The recipe looks great ,thanks for sharing. Thanks for th echanc WTO win your great giveaway.

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  41. What a lovely, lovely cake recipe! I adore cake, and now am going to try this one! Thank you for your give-away too-what a wonderful package!!!

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  42. What a great recipe! (I also love finding blogs from our side of the world)!

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  43. Very nice prize package. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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  44. Lots of Aussie Quilters and Sewers.

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  45. thanks for the great giveaway!

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  46. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and thank you!
    rhaubejoi@yahoo.com

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  47. and i follow too.

    i like the look of the bag, my style of bag!

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  48. Yay! A Kiwi on giveaway day. :o)

    I'm a Kiwi in Dallas, TX, and I love Alison Holst's recipes. They keep my kitchen 'kiwi-fied'! Plus they are good on a grad student budget.

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  49. I am so glad to encounter at least one Kiwi! Your country is on my bucket list... but you probably hear that a lot ;-)

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  50. Merry Christmas!

    Best,
    Michelle
    daydreambelievershop(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. What a generous giveaway! Thanks! The bag pattern is particularly tempting.

    Your blog is beautiful.

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    deborah (at) savvygirls (dot) ca

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  52. Thank you. I love Christmas fabrics and haven't seen these ones before so they will be just lovely if I win.

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  53. Your cake looks yummy! Thank you for your give away.

    skowens (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  54. Very nice. That'd be a fun bag pattern and big enough for someone with two young kids. Thanks!
    kristie_keely(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  55. I've never heard of christmas cake before now. I'm a fan of those ribbons on the sides of your blog. Feels like I'm a winner already, hahaha.

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  56. Lovely giveaway! That bag pattern looks fab.

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  57. Christmas cake - yum yum!

    I am entering this give away day too, so come and visit my blog and say hello if you get the chance

    http://sewasecondchance.blogspot.com/

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  58. Your Christmas cake looks yummy :)
    Susanne

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  59. I follow (Google Reader) :)
    Susanne

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  60. Oh yum, I love Christmas cake!

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  61. I have never had Christmas cake but it looks similar to fruit cake which I don't care for. thanks for a great giveaway.

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  62. Pretty cake. Thanks for the chance.

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  63. great bag. thanks for the chance to win.

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  64. I'm a new follower. Thank you for the chance at such a cool giveaway.

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  65. Thanks for the recipe. I love pineapple. Merry Christmas!

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  66. your cake looks very festive!

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  67. The cake looks yummy, and so does your giveaway!
    cgilsbach(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. I'm not much a of Christmas cake eater. But they sure are pretty.

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  69. I have never seen a Christmas cake - I wonder if it is what my family calls fruit cake?
    beth(dot)sebastian(at)gmail(dot)com

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  70. They look pretty, but I've never actually tried a Christmas cake.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    kessilari(at)gmail(dot)com

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  71. I follow you via email.
    beth(dot)sebastian(at)gmail(dot)com

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  72. Thanks for the giveaway! robyn(dot)geddes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  73. What a lovely bundle of goodies. I love that mail sack pattern.
    ramona_murray(at)comcast(dot)net

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  74. Your cake looks MMmmmmmm good1 Love your giveawaY, count me in....

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  75. This is a really nice giveaway!

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  76. Merry Christmas! Your blog design looks like you are full of Christmas spirit. I love that!

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  77. My favorite thing to make at Christmas are gingersnaps. Your blog is very festive.

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  78. That cake looks very pretty and it is nice of you to make something for someone else as you don't like it. I make pumpkin pie for everyone else too.

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  79. i would love a piece of that cake right now, along with my morning coffee!

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  80. Wonderful cake recipe, wish I had computer smell-ivision :) Thank you for participating in the blog hop. Great giveaway goodies!

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  81. fun giveaway! I love the mug rug and pattern....thanks!

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  82. Oh i have been looking for a good mail bag pattern

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  83. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

    winterwrens at gmail dot com

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  84. Happy HOlidays to you and yours!!

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  85. Love Pink Chalk Studio's patterns - thanks for the chance to win. ellen@myerly.net

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  86. Your giveaway is great. Thanks for the chance to win something.
    jmclean at mts dot net

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  87. ooo, I love the mail sack bag pattern! :)

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  88. I'm also following you on your blog. :)

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  89. I've been dying to try the Mail Sack pattern! What a great giveaway!
    Amy
    ajh15@hotmail.com

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  90. The cake looks delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  91. What a fun giveaway! Thanks a bunch!

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  92. Great items in your giveaway. Thank you for the chance. I hope you have entered my giveaway!

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  93. I have become a follower and look forward to getting to know you.

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  94. Thanks for the generous giveaway and a chance to win!

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  95. We always make a cake Christmas Eve, after all it is someone very special birthday. But it is not a Christmas Cake, it is just what we decide to make. Thank you for the op to win your goodies.

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  96. I am a new follower of your blog.

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  97. I love Christmas cake and sometimes we cheat by using fruit cake in place of Christmas (or plum) pudding - delicious! Fruitcake, cheese, and glass of wine is delightful! Thanks.

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  98. I have never had Christmas cake or tried it. It actually sounds delish!
    chacoyaguayo(at)yahoo(dot)com
    Thank you for the opportunity, love the pattern-okay, all of it:)

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  99. Here's an AWESOME Christmas Cake recipe:
    http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/White-Christmas-Cake
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  100. I've been on the fence about buying that mail bag pattern, thanks for the chance at winning it!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  101. I like the Christmas fabric that you are giving away, also cute mug rug.

    kaety-scott(at)att(dot)net

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  102. Your blog design is so festive! Thank you for the chance to enter your giveaway. Now time to explore the rest of your blog. :-)

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  103. I'm not a fan of Christmas Cake but my husband and kids seem to like everything. Thanks for the recipe and for the chance at your giveaway.

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  104. I've never been a fan of fruitcake, but thanks for the chance to win.

    majorasue(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  105. What a great pattern! Thank you. mamalusco at ortelco dot net

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  106. I've never had fruitcake, but I'd be curious to try it. :)

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