Ultimate Christmas Fruit Cake

Ultimate Christmas Fruit Cake


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About this recipe: This cake may take 4 hours to bake, but it's really worth it. It's dense and packed full of fruity goodness. Enjoy as is or cover with a layer of icing.


Makes: 1 cake

  • 375ml ginger ale
  • 1.5kg mixed dried fruit
  • 300g butter
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 565g plain flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brandy, sherry or whisky

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:4hr  ›  Extra time:30min cooling  ›  Ready in:5hr 

  1. Bring dried fruit and ginger ale to the boil for 1 minute. Let cool a little, before adding butter. Beat in when melted.
  2. Cool a little more, then add sugar and stir. Cool until at room temperature.
  3. Stir in brandy. Add beaten eggs alternately with flour.
  4. Preheat oven to 160 C / Gas 2 1/2. Grease and line a round baking tin with baking parchment.
  5. Pour into prepared tin. Decorate with additional nuts and cherries, if desired.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 2 hours. Reduce heat to 140 C / Gas 1 and bake for an additional 2 hours.
  7. The cake is done when a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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Reviews (2)


This recipe looks good but can you pleas advise what size baking tin to use? - 18 Nov 2011


A really lovely cake and so easy - 02 Dec 2012

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