An easy Christmas cake that turns out perfect every time. No creaming, beating or soaking of fruit required! Plus tips on storage and feeding your Christmas cake.
Feeding your fruit cake in the weeks leading up to Christmas helps to build and intensify the flavour of the cake, and will ensure it’s beautifully moist.
Bake in the oven at 150C/300F (fan) for 45 minutes, then 140C/275F (fan) for a further 60-75 minutes – until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
Alcohol-free Christmas Cake:
For a non-alcoholic version, you can replace the alcohol with cold tea, fresh orange or apple juice.
You can then feed the cake with either:
1. Cold tea
2. Fresh orange or apple juice
3. Ginger cordial mixed with water (2 tsp mixed with 2 tbsp water)
4. Rum flavouring mixed with water (⅛ tsp mixed with 2 tbsp water).
If you do this, don’t make the cake any earlier than November, as juice (as opposed to alcohol) could start tasting funny after more than a couple of months.
The full Christmas cake recipe is available on our site: https://www.kitchensanctuary.com/november-is-the-time-to-make-your-christmas-cake/
The easy fruit cake ingredients:
3/4 cup (175g) unsalted butter, chopped
1 packed cup (210g) light brown muscavado sugar
2 + 2/3 cups (400g) mixed dried fruit
1 cup (200g) glacé cherries roughly chopped
1 cup (100g) dried cranberries
Zest and juice of 1 orange
Zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup (120ml) cherry brandy
1/2 cup (85g) ground almonds (coarsely ground – not the type that is like flour)
3 large eggs lightly whisked
1 + 2/3 cup (200g) plain/all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground mixed spice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground allspice
To feed the Christmas cake:
Cherry brandy (1-2 tbsp per week)
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