Rachel Allen's Christmas Cake Diaries

Cake doesn't have to be just for special occasions, but if there was ever a time when most of us think about getting the baking tins out it's Christmas. With traditional cakes always at the Christmas table, baker extraordinaire Rachel Allen returns to Good Food with a festive special that presents some new ideas. Her clementine cake makes use of those lovely fruits that find their way into many people's Christmas stockings, while mincemeat muffins with eggnog icing are a fantastic alternative to the traditional mince pie. Then, Rachel's Christmas cake is a rich fruit sponge covered in baked almond paste and her spiced pear and ginger cheesecake is a tasty alternative festive pudding. With fresh and mouth-watering ideas for the whole of the festive season, there's no reason not to have a go at a show-stopping Christmas dessert to wow your family.