Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake

10 reviews, 4.9 star(s). 100% would make again

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An excellent Christmas cake recipe passed down through many generations. Originates from Tring in Hertfordshire, England. Traditionally served at Christmas teatime.


1 1/2 cups raisins; (12oz)
2 cups currants; (1lb)
1 1/2 cups sultanas; (12oz)
1/2 cup almonds; (4oz)
3/4 cup mixed peel; (6oz)
1/2 cup glace/candied cherries; (4oz)
lemon; rind of half, grated and the juice of one lemon
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter; (12oz)
1 3/4 cups moist brown sugar; (12oz)
6 Eggs
3 cups plain flour; (12oz)
1/2 level teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 level teaspoon nutmeg; crushed
1 level teaspoon mixed spice
1 level tablespoon black treacle
2 tablespoon Brandy; least

Original recipe makes 20 Servings



Grease a 9-10 inch tin.

Cream butter, sugar and grated lemon rind until light and fluffy.

Beat in eggs, one at a time.

Mix dry ingredients together well.

Add to creamed butter etc.

Combine thoroughly.

Mix in the chosen alcohol and lemon juice (add a little extra if the mixture seems too stiff) to form a dropping consistency.

Turn into lined tin, ensure there are no pockets of air and the surface of the mixture is flat.

Tie a double band of brown paper around the tin - approximately 3 inches above the rim of the tin.

Place in oven one rung below the middle at 160 degrees centigrade (320 F).

Bake for 2 hours and then reduce heat to 150 degrees centigrade (300 F) for a further 1 1/2 - 2 hours.

Leave the cake to cool in the tin.

Remove paper and turn cake upside down and make holes with a steel knitting needle or cocktail stick.

Pour in extra spirit and leave cake upside down until the spirit has been absorbed.

Wrap the cake in fresh grease proof paper and leave for at least 48 hours before icing.

Before icing, the cake can be stored for up to 2 months wrapped in foil.

Keep "feeding" the cake with alcohol until you are ready to put almond icing and then royal icing onto it.

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Sounds like my grandmother's Fruit Cake.
dabramson704d3s8 4m ago

I steeped my fruit on Saturday night and made this cake on Sunday. This was my first time baking. Instructions where easy to follow and I was extremely impressed with the results perfect thank you for this recipe
ian_bennett 6m ago

Made this today and was pleasantly surprised! I made it without the eggs and brandy but it turned out delicious and the sponge was soft! Excellent recipe thankyou! Will definitely be making this again!
Ravii 1y ago

Brilliant cake, I made it for Xmas without the alcohol and it was amazing, family love especially my hubby and mum in law, they liked it so much I'm making another one next week. This cake is too good just to have at xmas.
Shazzabazza50 4y ago

This smells so good, great recipe. I left out the alcohol as cooking and eating with the kids and it's perfect!
Mattpaznat 4y ago

I made this for my family last Christmas and they all said it was the best christmas cake they had ever had! I will definitely be making it again, every year. :)
DaisyCupcakery 4y ago

Best Christmas cake I have ever made or tasted - great recipe, although I had to cook the cake for longer than suggested
masonb 6y ago

Excellent best Christmas cake recipe I have ever used
steve7050 6y ago

made this today and it looks and smells amazing thanks so much
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