I’ve been wanting to make my own Christmas cake for years but for one reason or another I’ve just never got round to doing it. This year I finally did it, and although it could use a bit of improvement in the presentation department, it tastes amazing even if I do say so myself!
The recipe I used is the one that my mum has always followed (she makes a Christmas cake every single year without fail) and it’s great, far better than any other Christmas cake I’ve ever tried. I always find that when it comes to Christmas cake, home made is always much better than shop bought.
The recipe is super old and all the measurements are in ounces so I’ve changed them all to grams to make it easier for anyone that wants to give this a go.
What you’ll need
- 8″ or 9″ cake tin
- Greaseproof paper
- Royal icing
- 800g mixed fruit
- 120g cherries
- 225g plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Grated rind of 1 lemon
- 225g soft brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 225g butter
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons Brandy
- Apricot jam/glaze
- Line your tin with greaseproof paper.
- Preheat your oven to 150 degrees.
- Mix together your fruit, flour, spices and salt.
- Cream together the butter, sugar and lemon rind until pale and fluffy.
- Beat your eggs and then add a little at a time to the butter and sugar mix.
- Fold in the flour and fruit a little at a time.
- Add the brandy.
- Pour the mixture into the cake tin, making sure there are no air pockets.
- Bake for 3 3/4 hours, after 1 1/2 hours cover with greaseproof paper to avoid over browning.
- Allow to cool completely.
- If you want you can add more brandy over the next few days/weeks before you ice it. I only did this once, after two days. Simply make a few holes and drizzle a little brandy over the cake. This helps to keep the cake moist but is completely optional.
- To ice the cake I used Dr. Oerker ready rolled icing and marzipan which I would recommend as it make it so much easier. Just use a little apricot jam or glaze on your cake before you put the icing on.
- We then decorated with little sparkly snowflakes but of course you can decorate however you like 🙂 Et Voila!
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Thanks for reading.