Ah, Christmas cake. Coming from a West Indian culture, I am used to a Christmas cake the fruits for which is usually soaking in some 100% liqueur in the March before! Nice to have alternatives, then, from this excellent Christmas cake round-up. Ed

No Christmas tea table is complete without a stunning cake at its centre.  After all, when can you have cake if not at Christmas?! The retailers have cottoned on to the fact that many of us aren’t keen on traditional heavy fruit cakes, so there are lots of stunning alternatives around too. Read on to choose which will grace your tea table.

The limited edition, hand decorated Tesco Finest Berry And Cone Fruit Cake featured is simply stunning. A rich, dark boozy fruit cake infused with brandy and Cognac, topped with a chocolate and orange fruit cake. The two tier cake weighs in at a substantial 1kg and retails at £20.

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