World's Best Christmas Cake

    1 day 1 hour 15 minutes

    This Christmas cake is a little less dense than most Christmas cakes and extremely well flavoured with rum!

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    Serves: 10 

    • 2 tablespoons dried cherries, diced
    • 2 tablespoons dried mango, diced
    • 4 tablespoons dried cranberries
    • 4 tablespoons dried currants
    • 2 tablespoons candied citron
    • 4 tablespoons dark rum
    • 125g butter
    • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 8 tablespoons plain flour
    • 1/8 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 4 tablespoons golden syrup or treacle
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 4 tablespoons pecans, diced
    • 4 tablespoons dark rum, divided

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:1day soaking  ›  Ready in:1day1hour15min 

    1. Soak the cherries, mango, cranberries, currants and candied citron in 4 tablespoons rum for at least 24 hours. Cover tightly and store at room temperature.
    2. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C. Butter a 20cm round tin and line with baking paper.
    3. In a large bowl cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, bicarb soda, salt and cinnamon, then mix into the butter and sugar in three batches, alternating with treacle and milk. Stir in soaked fruit and diced pecans. Transfer batter to prepared tin.
    4. Bake 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons rum.
    5. Cut out one piece of baking paper and one piece muslin or cheesecloth, each large enough to wrap around the cake. Moisten muslin with 1 tablespoon rum. Arrange muslin on top of baking paper and turn the cake out onto it. Sprinkle top and sides of cake with remaining rum. Wrap the muslin closely around the cake then wrap with baking paper. Place in an airtight tin and age for at least 10 weeks. If storing longer, douse with additional rum for every 10 weeks of storage.

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    Wow!  -  18 Nov 2016


    This Christmas cake is absolutely wonderful. I've made several, have substituted the mango with Papaya, raisins, etc. and it still turns out perfect. This is the best all around fruit cake I have ever made.  -  20 Dec 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I loved this recipe. I made it several years ago to give as gift. I made then in mini loaf pans and gave them out. Everyone ranted about of moist they were. The cakes were so good that when I lost teh recipe I came back here looking for it a full 2 years later. Great Job!  -  20 Nov 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)