Recipe

Moist Christmas cake

Rich, moist, fruity and fragrant with brandy, this moist Christmas cake is best served with a cup of tea or a mug of good coffee. The fruit mixture can be used as a base for puddings or a filling for mince pies.

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 4 hrs cooking
  • Makes 1 Item
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Ingredients

Fruit mixture
  • 3 cup (500g) sultanas
  • 1 1/4 cup (215g) dried currants
  • 1 1/8 cup (190g) chopped raisins
  • 3/4 cup (125g) chopped seeded prunes
  • 3/4 cup (125g) chopped seeded dates
  • 1 2/3 cup (300g) chopped glace fruit (such as cherries, pineapple, figs, apricots)
  • 3/8 cup mixed peel
  • 1/3 cup fig jam
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange rind
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup (250ml) Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 tablespoon mixed spice
Christmas cake
  • 250 gram butter, melted, cooled
  • 5 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 2 1/2 cup (375g) plain flour
  • 1/2 cup (80g) blanched almonds
  • 7 glace cherries

Method

Moist Christmas cake
  • 1
    Mix ingredients in large bowl; cover tightly with plastic wrap. Store mixture in cool, dark place for a month (or longer, if desired) before using; stir mixture every two or three days.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 150°C (130°C fan-forced). Line the base and side of a deep 22cm round cake pan (or deep 19cm square cake pan) with 2 layers of brown paper and 2 layers of baking paper, bringing paper 5cm above the edge of the pan.
  • 3
    Place fruit mixture in a large bowl. Stir in the butter, eggs and sifted flour, in two batches; mix well.
  • 4
    Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan. Decorate top of cake with almonds and cherries. Bake about 4 hours, or until cooked when tested. Cover hot cake tightly with foil; cool in pan.

Notes

Cake can be made up to three months ahead; store in an airtight container in a cool place or refrigerate if the weather is humid. Suitable to freeze. Not suitable to microwave.The mixture can be made a month before required, and stored in a cool, dark place – your refrigerator is ideal. Ideally, the ingredients shown below as "chopped" should all be cut to a similar size, about that of a sultana. Grand Marnier liqueur is used in keeping with the citrus content of the mixture (you can use any citrus-flavoured liqueur), but it can be substituted with rum, sherry or brandy.

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