Well, I lasted until midnight and could stay awake no longer, so decided to be really clever and put the timer on the oven. It worked like a dream and turned off at the right time, leaving the cake to finish cooking as the oven cooled. I had to leave the extractor fan on overnight though as I really find the smell over powering (when I say 'Christmas cake' I actually meant 3 cakes - 24 eggs worth of cakes!). That too worked like a dream, leaving just a gentle aroma of fruit cakes when we woke up this morning.
Next time I go to Sainsbury's, think I'll get the mincemeat ingredients. Have you ever made mincemeat? If not, just you wait, it's one of the best and easiest things to make (and tastes delicious straight from the jar). And it looks so much more appetising than the bought stuff - probably because it is so much more appetising!
Oh, and while I was waiting for the cake to be ready last night, rather than knitting, I decided to catch up on some blog reading. I have missed a lot of late it seems. A wedding, a sparkly new piece of jewellery and a mention for me and the blankets.