A Recipe For Rich Dark Christmas Cake

Dark fruit cake is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Many years ago I combined the best of all the dark fruit cake recipes I could find, and this recipe is the result. The cake is rich, dark, and chock full of nuts and fruit. If this is the kind of cake you enjoy, I think you will be pleased with this recipe. This cake is better is it is aged, so plan to make it early.

You will need a very large bowl, a large bowl and a smaller bowl. The recipe makes twelve pounds of fruit cake. I usually make two large loaf cakes and three small ones. The large ones take about three hours to bake and the small ones about two. You can use whatever size or shape of pan you wish, Just keep an eye on them during the baking process.

You will need:

--two pounds of raisins (I use sultanas, but golden will do just fine)

--two pounds of currants

--1 and 1/2 pounds of dates

--1 pound of whole, or half, walnuts (my preference, though you can use pecans or blanched almonds if you wish)

--1 pound of mixed peel

--1 pound of glazed cherries

--1/4 pound of glazed pineapple

--1/4 cup of flour (this is to coat the fruit - you will need more flour later)

--1 pound of butter, softened to room temperature

--2 cups white sugar

--8 eggs, beaten

--2 and 3/4 cups all purpose flour

--3/4 tablespoon cloves

--3/4 tablespoon nutmeg

--3/4 tablespoon cinnamon

--1/2 teaspoon baking soda

--1/2 lemon - grate the rind and then squeeze out the juice (mix this with the following)

--1/2 cup pineapple juice

Prepare your pans. I line mine with tin foil or you can use greased brown paper or parchment paper. Make sure the foil or paper comes over the top of the pans and can be folded down.

Heat your oven to 300 degrees. When the oven reaches the desired temperature, place a large pan of hot water on the bottom shelf. This is to remain during the baking process to keep the tops of the cakes from becoming too dry.

- In a large bowl, mix together all the fruits and the 1/4 cup of flour. Make sure all the pieces of fruit are separated and coated. Mix in the nuts and set the bowl aside.

- In the smaller bowl blend together the 2 3/4 cups of flour, the cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon, and the baking soda. Set this mixture aside.

- In a large bowl, cream together completely, the softened butter and the sugar. Blend in the beaten eggs.

- To this mixture, add, alternately, the flour mixture, and the juice mixture. When this is all well blended, stir in the fruit mixture. This takes some effort. I use my hands to do a thorough job.

Divide the batter among your pans. Press the batter firmly into the pans and smooth the tops.

Place the pans in the hot oven, leaving space between them. After about one hour, check your small cakes. The smaller cakes take about 2 hours and the larger ones about 3 hours. Baking time will depend on the state of your oven. When the cakes are done, the tops will be firm to the touch and there will be no more sizzling.

When the cakes are done, remove the pans to your cooling racks. After fifteen minutes, lift the cakes out of the pans, using the overlapping foil for handles. Allow to cool completely.

Wrap the cakes tightly in foil wrap, and let them age for about four weeks or more.

For adult consumers, I periodically unwrap a large cake, pierce it with my finest knitting needle and bathe it in about 1/4 cup of brandy.

These cakes can also be glazed or iced. To me that is gilding the lily, but the choice is yours. Serve and enjoy!




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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

I have always loved home made christmas cake, full of cherries and nuts, hmmm soo good! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Voted UP!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A great recipe for me to bookmark and thanks for sharing.

I now look forward to reading many more of your hubs.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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doodlebugs 5 years ago from Southwest

Sounds delicious. I can't wait to try some!


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billips 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Making Christmas cake is the kind of baking I really enjoy - I wish I could share some with all of you - B.


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nikipa 5 years ago from Eastern Europe

This is a precious sharing!

Wish people nowadays find more time for cooking delicious home made Christmas cakes... and lots of other tasty food that cannot be bought anywhere.


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billips 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for your kind comments nikipa - I appreciate them - B.


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VirginiaLynne 5 years ago from United States

You are reminding how much I love to make fruitcake. I'm on a diet this year, but maybe I need something special to shoot for! Great recipe.


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billips 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

I think everyone needs something special for the holidays - at least a small piece of something special - thanks for reading and commenting - B.


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katyzzz 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

My mouth is watering already and a great picture both of you and the cake


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billips 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank Katyzzz - they're aging now and will soon be ready for tasting - B.


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Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Can't wait to try this fine recipe, thank you.


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

It is good Gypsy - I guarantee it - many thanks for reading and commenting - B.


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gryphin423 4 years ago from Florida

Sounds delicious, I think I might just make this recipe for a couple friends as gifts. Thanks!


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

It does make nice gifts - I make two batches, one in the smaller pans for family members - thanks for your comments - B.


Derdriu 4 years ago

Billips, What a delectable, delicious, tasty recipe for Christmas fruit cake! In particular, you do a great job of stimulating the appetite, inducing hunger and encouraging readers to try such a scrumptious treat.

Thank you for sharing,

Derdriu


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Bbudoyono 4 years ago

hmm, yummy, I will try it.


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks you reading and commenting Bbudoyono - I appreciate your time - B.


Nancy 2 years ago

I was wondering if this recipe could be cut in half. I don't quite need 12 pounds of fruit cake. I would just like to make a cake for the lady who dies my pedicures she mentioned last year at thanksgiving how much she liked fruit cake but by then it was to late toake her one.


crisp 24 months ago

Hi! Can I asked how much you usually end up spending on everything? If you were to sell what would your price margins be? Cheers


Patti 4 months ago

I was under the impression dark fruit cake (which is also my fav), was made with brown sugar or molasses. But all your ingreds look good.

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