Devizes care home start the festivities by making Christmas cakeThe Residents at Market Lavington care home, in Devizes, Wiltshire, enjoyed an afternoon of Christmas delight this week as they started preparing for the coming season by getting involved in Christmas cake making.  

The wellbeing team at the 80-bed residential, nursing and dementia care home, including Michaela Powell and Riaz Ali, organised a Christmas cake making session for the Residents. 

There was a lot of interest in joining the session, even chef Lewis came and joined in for the afternoon. The Residents were encouraged to mix the ingredients together, which had been premeasured for ease, some of it got quite messy but all had fun during the process!

Lewis said, “I’ve never made Christmas cake before, so this is a learning curve for me!”

Residents especially enjoyed smelling the brandy-soaked fruit which filled the room with the smell of Christmas. Along with classic Christmas songs playing in the background, everyone really got into the spirit of it. 

Frank Anderson, who lives at Market Lavington, remarked, “I’m going to stir it gently, I don’t want the egg going everywhere.”

Joyce Kennedy even gave some brilliant advice, “We have to cream the butter really well, make it silky.”

Those involved also reminisced about helping their mums make Christmas cake during their childhood, and some of the ladies remembered making them every year for their families to enjoy. All shared different tips and tricks on how to make the best cake.

Michaela Powell, commented, “Overall, we had a very festive afternoon, and the Residents are looking forward to our next session when we will be decorating the cakes, and of course most of all looking forward to eating them on Christmas day.”
“The Residents really enjoying getting stuck in with the cake making, it bought back so many lovely memories for them.”