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


  1. Place fruit and 150ml of the alcohol in a large non-metallic container with the citrus zest and juices, cover and then leave overnight.
  2. Next day, preheat oven to 150C.
  3. Line a cake tin (9in).
  4. Whisk sugar and butter together until fluffy.
  5. 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).
  6. Beat in treacle.
  7. Sift in flour, a pinch of salt and spices.
  8. Fold gently with large metal spoon.
  9. Fold in fruit /alcohol mix. Tip into tin and level.
  10. Wrap some brown paper twice around outer edge of tin to protect.
  11. Bake Christmas cake for 3.5 hours or until knife appears clean, then cool for ten minutes before placing on rack.
  12. Feed 10ml alcohol after a fortnight; additional feeding as you wish.

Handy Hint

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!
I feed quite a bit more alcohol than the recipe recommends - this makes it crumbly but heck, who cares by then? [wink]
This recipe is an amended version of a GHI one, the original uses Armagnac and sour cherries. Keeps for up to 3 months.
I found this recipe also worked well in a silicone tray designed for large muffins, which made lovely mini cakes.

Additional Information

  • cake

  • Can Freeze

  • Make Ahead

  • Kids can help

  • Christmas

  • Cake/Dessert

  • Vegetarian

  • Nut Free

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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