Recipe: Christmas Cake


For me, 2014 has been about trying new things and although I thought I hated it, I added make Christmas cake to my bucket list for the year. It turns out, I actually quite like Christmas cake and this recipe that I adapted from one of my recipe books is pretty damn good – and not as tricky as I thought it would be either! Also, I always thought sultanas, currants and raisins were the same thing – apparently not!

Christmas Cake


  • 225g sultanas
  • 225g currants
  • 225g raisins
  • 115g chopped prunes
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • 50g dried peel
  • 45ml brandy
  • 225g plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 0.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 0.5 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 225g butter
  • 225g brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 50g chopped almonds
  • 60ml apricot jam
  • 1 pack of ready to roll marzipan
  • 1 pack ready to roll icing



  • Put all the fruit and peel in a bowl with the brandy. Stir and cover with a teatowel overnight.
  • Grease a baking tin and preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas 3
  • Mix together the flour, spices and cocoa powder.
  • In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together and then add the eggs.
  • Add the flour mixture and the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  • Pour into the baking tin and smooth the top.
  • Bake for three hours.
  • Cool in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack.
  • You can then wrap the cake in foil once completely cooled until ready to ice.
  • To ice the cake, turn it upside down.
  • Heat the jam and spread over the cake.
  • Make a sausage of marzipan to fill any gap around the bottom edge and the roll out the rest of the marzipan onto a surface dusted with icing sugar.
  • Cover the cake in marzipan and then repeat with the icing.

The bottom edge of the icing on my cake didn’t look great in places but I just covered it with ribbon. You can decorate the cake however you like and it tastes great. I am now a Christmas cake convert and will be making this every year!



1 Comment

  1. December 6, 2014 / 6:24 pm

    So pleased that you’ve been converted, no one should live their life without Christmas cake in it! Looks lovely.

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