background Layer 1

The sale ends Sunday, don't miss out!

find out more

background Layer 1

Here to help! Enjoy our guides and articles, we're constantly adding more!

background Layer 1

We add recipes all the time, bookmark your favourites!

Stir up Sunday, Christmas is coming!

"Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people,"

This weekend is stir up Sunday. Traditionally a day to make the family Christmas cake with 13 ingredients to faithfully represent the 13 disciples of Jesus. A good fun thing to do I think and perhaps the start of feeling a touch 'Christmassy' even if you are not the church going type! 

We have two different recipes for you with, naturally, full instructions for Aga range cookers! Click here for Christmas cake tins if you need a new one! 

First is Antonias boozy recipe! Rum, brandy AND sherry to soak?! Hic! Her number one tip?

  • Some people choose to bake their Christmas cake overnight but if you haven’t tried this method before, I would suggest baking during the day so that you can keep an eye on things. The temperature of the simmering oven can vary greatly from one Aga range cooker to the next – a 9 inch square cake takes about 7 hours in my Dual Control Aga range cooker. An older model may take longer – up to 10 hours. If your Aga range cooker runs on the hotter side, you should check after 5 hours. 

Alternatively try our vegan Christmas cake recipe for Aga range cookers. Enjoy this moist cake warm with a dollop of brandy cashew cream, or ice as you would a standard cake.

Christmas cake in front of an Aga range cooker


Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates

Matthew is from a farming family near Bath and a graduate of King's College London who decided not to follow the 'standard' path into banking or the law. He has been working with these fabulous cookers in some form or another since 2003. Matthew runs Blake and Bull from beautiful Bradford on Avon, near Bath. Alf the golden retriever makes sure the working day finishes at 6pm sharp - dog walk time!