Christmas cake for lazy bakers

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Serves: 12

By PeachyTentativelyPosting

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  • 250g unsalted butter softened; plus extra for greasing

  • 0.5 tsp ginger

  • 1 orange zested and juiced

  • 1 lemon zested and juiced

  • 1 tbsp treacle

  • 100g molasses sugar

  • 200ml amaretto liqueur (Armagnac or brandy would also work)

  • 150g dark brown sugar

  • 4 eggs beaten

  • 100g cranberries

  • 250g prunes roughly chopped

  • 500g sultanas

  • 250g plain flour

  • 500g raisins

  • 1 tsp all spice


<ol> <li>Place fruit and 150ml of the alcohol in a large non-metallic container with the citrus zest and juices, cover and then leave overnight.</li> <li>Next day, preheat oven to 150C.</li> <li>Line a cake tin (9in).</li> <li>Whisk sugar and butter together until fluffy.</li> <li>Beat in eggs bit by bit, if you think it might curdle add a touch of the flour (I tend to anyway to minimise risk).</li> <li>Beat in treacle.</li> <li>Sift in flour, a pinch of salt and spices.</li> <li>Fold gently with large metal spoon.</li> <li>Fold in fruit /alcohol mix. Tip into tin and level.</li> <li>Wrap some brown paper twice around outer edge of tin to protect.</li> <li>Bake Christmas cake for 3.5 hours or until knife appears clean, then cool for ten minutes before placing on rack.</li> <li>Feed 10ml alcohol after a fortnight; additional feeding as you wish.</li> </ol>

Handy Hint

<p>Although this is a Christmas cake recipe I find it's also a good go-to batch bake for fetes etc, but you will need very large containers indeed! <br />I feed quite a bit more alcohol than the recipe recommends - this makes it crumbly but heck, who cares by then? [wink] <br />This recipe is an amended version of a GHI one, the original uses Armagnac and sour cherries. Keeps for up to 3 months. <br />I found this recipe also worked well in a silicone tray designed for large muffins, which made lovely mini cakes.</p>

Additional Information

  • Nut Free

  • Vegetarian

  • Cake/Dessert

  • Christmas

  • Kids can help

  • Make Ahead

  • Can Freeze

  • cake

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  • 14/11/12 22:31

    just for the record, amaretto is made with almonds so this recipe is NOT nut free, unless you are using Disaronno amaretto which is free of nuts.

  • Tif 05/01/10 16:26

    Very easy to follow recipe and very tasty.

  • rachmc 25/10/09 19:56

    sounds nice will give it go