Honestly, it’s never occurred to me to combine the two. However judging from some of the emails I’ve received over the last week, I may be in the minority. Reader Bronwyn (from New Zealand) writes:
I must say, “heated with big slabs of cream cheese on top” seems a very odd way to eat Christmas Cake to me. Mine is usually iced with marzipan and kneaded fondant and then has royal icing Santas or Xmas trees piped on it. You don’t do that in America? And loaves? You don’t make them square? Ours are usually around 10 inches square and about 3-4 inches deep.
If I don’t ice Xmas cake (last year I cut my big cake in quarters and only iced two of them) my favourite way to eat it is with blue cheese. But definitely not heated; heating is for Xmas pudding (which I must also make fairly soon) eaten hot with custard or cream or brandy butter.
Wow…is it Christmas yet? I’m getting hungry.