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If you’ve ever had problems getting children to eat their veg, Weeton’s may have a cunning answer.

Its new Christmas Dinner Cake is made with carrots, parsnips, cranberries, Christmas spices, chestnuts and even sprouts – but thankfully no turkey.

It is made for Weeton’s by Allison Whitmarsh, of Proper Maid in Huddersfield.

She said: “We all know that vegetables are great in cakes but who knew you could get an entire Christmas dinner in there?

“While the cake was baking there was a definite whiff of sprouts, but the end result is absolutely delicious.”

The cake, topped with cream cheese icing, cranberries and white chocolate curls, is available at Weeton’s café throughout December.

Meanwhile, Bettys has been answering the £1,000 question: what do you get the tea fanatic who has everything?

Its Heavenly Afternoon Tea Experience is the most eye-catching item in the range of hampers and gift sets.

New this year, the premium-end gift set includes a cake-stand, teapot, coffee/water pot, tray, sugar bowl, milk jug and tea strainer – all silver-plated – as well as a 15-piece Royal Doulton tea service, Continental Stollen, Grand Cru chocolate torte, royal iced Christmas bell cake, two caddies of Bettys tea and a chocolate and orange crisp caddy.

A Bettys spokesman said: “Customers love the silver tea sets we use in our cafés and we’re often asked where to find them, so we’ve put together for the first time a magnificent collection for the ultimate afternoon tea ‘Bettys-style’, to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.”

At the opposite end of the company’s Christmas range, the cheapest gift set costs £15.