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Easy Christmas Cake Recipe

Updated on December 5, 2012

Easy Xmas Fruit Cake Recipe

Now you can make your own delicious Christmas Fruit Cake with this simple recipe. Load it with your favourite fruit, just the right amount of spice and a touch of brandy, or rum if you prefer. Tthis easy Christmas cake recipe will make you a hit with all the family.

For those fruit cake fans who can't resist, you don't even have to wait until christmas, you can enjoy it right now.


Plan to allow the fruit to soak overnight for best results.

500g Raisins

250g Pitted Prunes, chopped

125g Sultanas

125g Currants

250g Pitted Dates, chopped

200g Glace Cherries

1 cup Brandy (or Rum if you prefer)

250g Butter, cut into small pieces

1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla essence

4 Eggs

200g Dark chocolate

1/2 cup Apricot jam

1/2 cup Apricot nectar

2 cups Plain flour

1/2 cup Self-raising flour

1 tablespoon Cinnamon

1 tablespoon Icing sugar

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1. Mix the fruit in a large bowl and add the brandy (or Rum). Allow to soak overnight.

2. Preheat oven to 160 C, 325 F

3. Line a deep 23 cm (9 inch) round cake tin with a double layer of baking paper on the top and sides.

4. Mix the sugar, butter and vanilla until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well until all combined.

5. Stir the fruit into the mix and ensure it is thoroughly mixed in.

6. Melt the chocolate in a small pan over simmering water. Stir the apricot jam and nectar into the chocolate. Pour over the fruit mixture and stir in well.

7. Add all the flours and cinnamon to the mix. Fold in well. Pour the mix into the prepared tin and spread evenly. Tap the tin on the work table to settle the contents. Smooth the top with a wet hand.

8. Place the tin into the middle rack of the pre-heated oven. Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Test with a skewer to ensure baking. Then remove from the oven. Leaving the cake in the tin, wrap with kitchen towels and leave overnight.

9. Dust with Icing sugar before serving.

For different variations, you can try varying the amounts of fruit, or even add different dried fruits of your own choosing. Just ensure the total weight of fruit used remains the same.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Now this is a fruit cake recipe I have not seen, it has chocolate and the apricot nectar and jam are new to me...sounds delicious!

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      Lucy2004 6 years ago


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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      I'm always looking for new Christmas recipes. Thanks!

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      maryrecipe 6 years ago

      So sweet!!!

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      reemasunil 7 years ago

      Thanks a lot for Christmas Cake recipe. I have to start preparing for Christmas and this is the first time i am preparing a CHRISTMAS CAKE AT HOME. I tried it yesterday it came out well but i was not able to get all the ingredients which you mentioned. Please can you also guide me to where i can get best grape wine recipe.

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      Carol Goss 8 years ago

      Yummy cake,

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      Stephen Carr 9 years ago from Corona, CA

      Johnny Carson once said that their are only a couple of fruitcakes in existence. They just keep getting passed from one person to the next. I guess this changes that! Nice job.

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We like fruitcake and I'm planning on making one from scratch this year - for the very first time! Nice lens!

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      June Campbell 9 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I love fruitcake. I cannot understand why it has such a bad reputations. I mean, look at all those jokes you hear about getting a Christmas cake for Christmas. What's up with that? Hey, all you fruitcake haters, just send me your Christmas cake gifts. I promise to give them a good home. LOL

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      Steven Cousley 9 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      [in reply to KimGiancaterino]

      Thank you very much. Looks like a great group to be part of.

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      I always like fruitcake during the holidays. This looks good, and I'd use brandy! Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.