Karen 2008-02-16 08:27:57
I hid this question in a previous posting about my Nigella christmas
cake, but as nobody picked it up I’m giving it a posting all of it’s
What causes cakes to crack on top and how can you stop it happening?
Owain 2008-02-16 08:28:14
Top gets cooked/hard too quickly, cake is still rising underneath.
If it’s something like a fruitcake cover the top with a disc of
greaseproof for the first half of the cooking time.
Bertie doe 2008-02-16 10:47:14
On a 7″ round, rich fruit cake, total cooking time of 2 hours, we cover the
top with foil for the first 1 hr 15 mins.
Karen 2008-02-16 16:56:10
Thank you both – I will definitely try that next time.
have a good one
Jane gillett 2008-02-16 22:43:23
I don’t want to stop it; it’s often lovely and crunchy and tasty.
Guess it’s different if you are into icing or competitions! Jane
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June hughes 2008-02-16 22:43:33
In message <email@example.com>, Karen
Just seen this. Try wrapping the outside of the cake tin with two
layers of brown papers and tie it up with string. Cut a disk of
greaseproof, grease and lay on top of cake, covered with a disk of brown
paper. Remove disks half an hour before end of cooking.
PS. Perhaps your cake cracked because of the nuts?
(Running to hide:)
Owain 2008-02-16 22:43:42
That’s when you slice the dome off and turn the cake upside-down.
Ophelia 2008-02-16 22:43:48
LOL that is what I do too:))
Martin 2008-02-17 03:31:22
and everybody else. :)))
Sacha 2008-02-17 03:31:24
And then you fill the scooped out bit with fresh fruit and whipped cream.
Alan holmes 2008-02-17 03:31:39
You are not really calling her a nutter?
I’m a nutter, I was stationed at HMS Nuthatch, and we have a group of us who
we call Nutters!
Owain 2008-02-17 06:03:55
Could have been worse.
According to Radio Scotland this morning, female personnel at HMS Tern
on Orkney weren’t too happy with the placename
Ophelia 2008-02-17 06:04:12
Anne chambers 2008-02-17 06:04:19
Anne Chambers, South Australia
June hughes 2008-02-17 08:29:37
In message <_vGgh.16959$HV6.firstname.lastname@example.org>, Alan Holmes
Isn’t it in Bacup where they have the Nutters, who dance crashing
coconut halves together?
Alan holmes 2008-02-17 17:45:25
It’s a long time since I had anything to do with thumping people with
battons, or waving hankies about! Alan
Elaine jones 2008-02-17 17:45:27
Quoting from message <3rWy7kBad+gFFwq1@theacct.demon.co.uk>
posted on 16 Dec 2006 by June Hughes
I would like to add:
Wooden discs – from their website:
The ‘Nut Dance’ is unusual and performed in a straight line.
Each Dancer wears wooden discs or ‘nuts’ on his hands, knees
and belt. During the Dance the discs which are made of maple
wood are struck together in time to the music. The name
Coconuts was given to the discs, probably, since the dance
came to Lancashire and it is said they could resemble the
protection to knees and elbows when crawling along.
(got some photos last year
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Dave fawthrop 2008-02-17 17:45:29
|In message <_vGgh.16959$HV6.email@example.com>, Alan Holmes
|>> In message <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Karen
|>>>I hid this question in a previous posting about my Nigella christmas
|>>>cake, but as nobody picked it up I’m giving it a posting all of it’s
|>>>What causes cakes to crack on top and how can you stop it happening?
|>> Just seen this. Try wrapping the outside of the cake tin with two layers
|>> of brown papers and tie it up with string. Cut a disk of greaseproof,
|>> grease and lay on top of cake, covered with a disk of brown paper. Remove
|>> disks half an hour before end of cooking.
|>> PS. Perhaps your cake cracked because of the nuts?
|>> (Running to hide:)
|>You are not really calling her a nutter?
|>I’m a nutter, I was stationed at HMS Nuthatch, and we have a group of us who
|>we call Nutters!
|Isn’t it in Bacup where they have the Nutters, who dance crashing
|coconut halves together?
Yes they are called nutters, but it is the “Britannia” Coconut Dancers and
the “nuts” are made of hard wood. Went to see them again last year.
I danced Morris with them many years ago, but I am not fit enough now 🙁 —
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Alan holmes 2008-02-17 22:54:18
I used to dance with the Westminster Morris!