Well here is the result - two of the three done - the third will be similar, but it is to be an ordinary "white" fruit cake, rather than a rich fruit cake so I cannot make it yet - although the poinsettia is done.
So here they are - two cakes and 8" and a 6" and a close up of one of the poinsettias.
I fairly pleased with them - they are by no means perfect, not up to the standard I would normally, but I think I am out of practise. Last night I couldn't get the poinsettias right - and as I flopped into bed, I suddenly realised what I had done wrong! too late! You probably won't notice but there is not enough movement in the leaves - duh!
Also the icing is not perfect - instead of leaving the cakes after I had covered them for a couple of days before I put the writing on, I did it whilst the icing was still soft and I have got knuckle marks - hey ho! they are only for the family.
Probably if I hadn't mentioned this you wouldn't have noticed, but I wanted to be honest! Perhaps if I take more photos in daylight without the flash - the imperfections won't show!