Festive Christmas Cake

    4 hours

    Ideally, make this cake in November to let the flavours mellow before Christmas. It is very good with a marzipan icing.

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    Serves: 16 

    • 450g glace cherries
    • 225g mixed peel
    • 300g sultanas
    • 150g currants
    • 175g pitted dates, chopped
    • 125g blanched almonds, chopped
    • 1/2 cup brandy
    • 1/2 cup plain flour
    • 2 cups plain flour, extra
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 250g butter
    • 2 1/2 cups soft dark brown sugar
    • 6 eggs
    • 1/2 cup treacle or golden syrup
    • 3/4 cup apple juice

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:3hours30min  ›  Ready in:4hours 

    1. Combine cherries, mixed peel, sultanas, currants, dates and almonds in a large bowl. Add brandy, toss and stand overnight. Stir flour into soaked fruit.
    2. Preheat oven to 140 C. Grease a 20cm round cake pan and line with two layers baking paper. Mix together extra flour, bicarbonate of soda, spices and salt in a small bowl.
    3. Beat butter in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Gradually beat in brown sugar and eggs. Mix together treacle and apple juice. Beat into butter mixture alternately with flour mixture. Fold in floured fruit. Spread mixture into prepared cake pan.
    4. Bake for 3 to 3½ hours, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of cake comes out clean. Cool cake in pan then remove and wrap in baking paper and then foil. Store in a cool place.

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    Just baking the cake, followed it to the letter, the aroma is wafting throughout the house - will update on the taste and flavour when I finally get to eat it :-) really smells yummy Update: Tasted really good - going to be my recipe for the years to come Thank you !  -  23 Nov 2011


    first time I made a Christmas cake very easy this one and very yummy  -  17 Dec 2012


    I attempted my 1st christmas cake using this recipe, wow I'm impressed it tasted so rich and moist, awesome flavour... will be using this recipe every year!  -  09 Dec 2011