CHRIST­MAS CAKE, YULE LOG

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JOINT WIN­NER Mor­risons The Best Poin­set­tia Fully Iced £12 for 1.5kg Adorned with a gold poin­set­tia, juicy fruit in this Cognac-in­fused cake keeps it moist, while can­died peel and spices add depth. The al­mond-flavoured marzi­pan layer cuts through the sweet ic­ing. SCORE 83/100

JOINT WIN­NER Sains­bury’s Taste The Dif­fer­ence Fall­ing Leaves Iced Rich Fruit £15 for 1.3kg Gen­er­ous amounts of plump fruit and nuts made this a hit. Testers praised its pleas­ant tart­ness and mar­vel­lous al­mond crunch, which com­ple­ments the soft ic­ing. SCORE 83/100

RUN­NER-UP Waitrose & Part­ners 1 Rich Fruit £16 for 1.3kg One for those who pre­fer a bit­ter­sweet cake. Dec­o­rated with snowflakes, its fruity and tart orange zest and cin­na­mon warmth pro­vide a pleas­ant bal­ance of flavours, but it could have been more moist and less crumbly. SCORE 81/100

BEST OF THE REST Mor­risons The Best Hand Fin­ished Star 900g for £10 This cake is clas­si­cally de­signed with its white and rose gold snowflake dec­o­ra­tions. Del­i­cately spiked with Cognac, it has the ideal ra­tio of marzi­pan and ic­ing to fruit cake. Al­though some en­joyed its sub­tle taste, oth­ers craved more tra­di­tional spices. SCORE 80/100

M&S 6 Month Ma­tured Golden Shim­mer Tree £20 for 1.4kg Em­bel­lished with gold dots and glit­tery fon­dant trees. The plump fruit has a del­i­cate tart­ness that con­trasts nicely with mel­low spices – al­though some would have liked more of an al­co­hol kick. The ic­ing was tasty, but the cake was dry in places. SCORE 80/100 Dayles­ford Or­ganic Fruit & Nut In Tin £20 for 800g; dayles­ford.com This clas­sic un-iced fruit cake has notes of ginger, nut­meg and cin­na­mon. Lots of fruit, but some testers found it too sweet. SCORE 80/100

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