Christmas Cake Recipe – Xmas Cake Recipe – Easy Fruit Cake Recipe

Christmas Cake Recipe – Xmas Cake Recipe – Easy Fruit Cake Recipe. Written instructions below. Don’t forget to LIKE, SUBSCRIBE & HIT THE NOTIFICATION BELL 🙂

**VERY IMPORTANT**DO THIS BIT THE DAY BEFORE YOU COOK THE CAKE**

Ingredients for preparing the dried fruit:
450g / 16oz currants
175g / 6oz sultanas
175g / 6oz raisins
50g / 2oz chopped glacé cherries
50g / 2oz mixed chopped candied peel
zest of 1 orange & 1 lemon
100ml brandy (You can also use whiskey, bourbon, port, sloe gin etc. Go wild!)

Put everything in a bowl and mix well. Cover with a cloth and leave to soak overnight.

**DONE THAT? NOW ONTO MAKING THE CAKE :)**

Ingredients for the cake:
225g / 8oz plain flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon nutmeg – freshly grated
½ teaspoon ground mixed spice
225g / 8oz dark brown soft sugar
4 large eggs – beaten
1 dessertspoon black treacle (use blackstrap or dark molasses if black treacle not available)
225g / 8oz soft butter
50g / 2oz chopped nuts

*TIP* You can buy Mixed Spice ready made, but here’s the recipe I use to make it yourself if you can’t find it: 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon. 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg. 1 teaspoon ground allspice. 1 teaspoon ground coriander. 1 teaspoon ground ginger. ¼ teaspoon ground cloves.

Step #1 – Grease a 8″/20cm cake tin & line with greaseproof paper.

Step #2 – Preheat regular oven to 140°C / 275°F gas mark 1 (adjust for fan oven)

Step #3 – Sift the flour, salt and spices into a large mixing bowl.

Step #4 – In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar & butter until soft & fluffy. You can use a mixer or electric hand whisk.

Step #5 – With your mixer or electric hand whisk still running, add 1 tablespoon of the beaten eggs & 1 teaspoon of the flour mix. Allow to mix well. Repeat until all the egg mixture is gone.

Step #6 – Gently fold the rest of your flour mix into your butter & egg mixture.

Step #7 – Gently fold in the pre-soaked fruit mixture, black treacle & chopped nuts. TOP TIP: Place a dessert spoon in a cup of hot water before using with treacle.

Step #8 – Transfer the cake mixture into the prepared tin. Spread it out evenly with the back of a wet spoon.

*PLEASE NOTE* If you don’t intend to decorate the cake with marzipan and icing, you can add blanched almonds to the top of the cake at this stage.

Step #9 – Cut a 1″ hole in the centre of the two greaseproof paper discs & place on top of the cake. Bake on the lowest shelf of the oven for 4 hours until the centre of the cake springs back when pressed. Cook for another 30 minutes if it doesn’t & check again.

Step #10 – Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 30 minutes before removing it to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cold, you can feed the cake by inserting small holes & spooning in brandy.

Step #11 – Wrap the cake in cling film & foil. Store in an airtight container for at least two weeks if possible. You can continue to ‘feed’ the cake until you are ready to ice or eat it.

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