ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Christmas Cake Recipe - From Scratch

Updated on June 27, 2011

Vasu Aunty's Christmas Cake Recipe

This Christmas cake recipe is for Richa. Am so sorry it took so long. Every time I got ready to set this recipe down I managed to get busy doing something else. Anyway better late than never, so here we go.


1 cup sugar

1 cup butter

1 and half cup flour

3 eggs

1 level teaspoon baking powder

Rum/ Brandy soaked nuts and spices

Caramelized sugar syrup

Almond/Strawberry/ Vanilla essence

Caraway Seeds


Remove the soaked nuts from the rum or brandy one day before baking the cake. Look for method below.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c

Liquidize the sugar, eggs and butter till soft.

Sieve flour and baking powder together.

Fold the flour into the batter using a spatula.

Add the soaked nuts and mix again.

Add the caramelized sugar syrup till the batter has the right color.Look at how to make syrup below.

Add the essence that you are using. Any one of the above, not all three.

Pour the batter into the baking dish and sprinkle with caraway seeds.

Bake till done. It should take about two and half to three hours in the regular oven.

If you are using the microwave you can skip the preheat oven step and just bake it on low heat for 15 minutes.

Pre preparation

Soaked Nuts

Soak walnuts, raisins, white preserve (petha), candied lemon rind, raw papaya, grated ginger, nutmeg bits, almonds and anything else you like in rum or brandy about a month before you make the cake. You can add or delete from this above list nothing is hard and fast.

Many people prefer rum, but I use brandy myself. Also I tend to stick with the regular dry fruit available at home. I usually do the soaking for double the amount that I think I will need as I end up making more than one Christmas cake each year. October is the month I soak the nuts and spices.

Caramelized sugar syrup

The Caramelized sugar syrup can be made weeks in advance as well. This is what gives the Christmas cake its typical dark color and somewhat burnt flavor. It does not spoil soon and you can store it in a glass jar for ages. Here is how you make it.

Take a thick bottomed pan and heat it nicely. Now add the quarter cup sugar to it. Stir nicely till it gets brown and then burns. When it is dark and not yet black add water to the mixture. Watch out for splashes. Make sure it’s not too thin and not too thick. It should be like sticky maple syrup. Now once it cools store it up to a year.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from India

      Thank you, Its quite popular with my friends :)

    • unknown spy profile image

      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Your recipe really a must-try. Very yummy!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Hi there,

      The recipe is a few step preparation and also traditional. Decoration is also a part of Christmas cake preparation. So to get to know about some tips, decoration ideas , Christmas cake designs and more recipes take a look at:

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a great recipe. A real must try.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)