Christmas Cake

 

Ingredients (serves 20)

decorating christmas cake

 

Christmas Cake

Sultanas – 600 grams
Raisins – 400 grams
Currants – 200 grams
Mixed peel – 100 grams
Glaced Cherries – 100 grams
Glaced Ginger – 80 grams
Brandy or Whiskey – 250ml to 300ml
Plain Flour – 1.5 cups
Self Raising Flour – .5 cup
Mixed Spice – 2 teaspoons
Ground Ginger – 1 teaspoon
Brown Sugar – 1 cup
Softened Butter – 250 grams
4 Eggs
Marmalade – 2 tablespoons
 
Decorations you may consider…
Some decoration options are icing it (marzipan or vanilla icing). Dusting it with icing sugar using christmas cut outs to make shapes. Or as we have done in the pictures to the left, my daughter likes to decorate it making flowers by coating it in marmalade then using glaced cherries and almond flakes.
 
Method
Place dried fruit, glace fruit and 1 cup brandy in a large airtight container. Mix well. Cover and stand overnight or preferably for 1 week, stirring daily.
 
Line a 9cm deep, 20cm (base) cake pan with baking paper, allowing the baking paper to come over the top of the pan by 10 cms.
 
Preheat oven to 150°C. Sift flours and spices into a bowl. Using a beater, cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add marmalade and 1 tablespoon flour mixture and beat until well combined. Using a large metal spoon, fold remaining flour mixture into butter mixture.
 
Add fruit mixture to butter mixture and stir until combined. Press into pan. Smooth surface. Tap base of pan on workbench to settle fruit and remove air bubbles.
 
Cover cake with 2 or 3 layers of brown paper so the paper is 10-15cms higher than the top of the tin.. Bake for 3 to 3.5 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Pour remaining 2 tablespoons brandy/whiskey over cake while still hot. Wrap cake pan in a clean tea towel and allow to cool completely then remove from pan.
 
We feed the cake more brandy or whiskey once a week until Christmas day. I make a separate cake a week before Christmas for the children so they aren’t consuming all the brandy/whiskey. Extra always works well for all the guests that drop in that need to drive home later.

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