Last minute Christmas cake

    3 hours 15 min

    This is a simple fruit cake especially for people (like me) who are not very organised. It is quick and easy but tastes delicious.

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    Makes: 1 Christmas cake

    • 1kg mixed fruit
    • 125ml brandy
    • 1 granny smith apple, peeled and grated
    • 1 tablespoon golden syrup or honey
    • 155g dark brown soft sugar
    • 250g butter, melted
    • 4 large eggs, beaten
    • 190g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • whole almonds, for decoration

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:3hr15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C.
    2. Place fruit in a bowl with brandy, apple, brown sugar and honey. Add beaten eggs. Stir together then add cooled melted butter. Stir and lastly mix through flour and spices. Pour into a deep 20 or 23cm (8 or 9 in) round cake tin lined with three sheets of parchment coming 5cm above the rim. Decorate with almonds.
    3. Bake for 2½ to 3 hours. Brush with two tbsp of brandy or other spirit while still warm. Cover with foil lightly and leave to cool. Wrap in foil. This cake will keep for up to six months in the refrigerator.

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    A last minute change of Christmas plans meant I suddenly had to conjour up Christmas! So I was glad to find this recipe. The slight modification I made was to soak the fruit in lashings of brandy overnight. The cake didn't rise much which is why I've only given it 4 stars but I might try again next year using a little baking powder or some self raising flour. Overall though a wonderfully rich and succulent cake that tasted even better as New Year approached. Rather than put the almonds on top, I left mine plain then covered with ready made marzipan and fondant icing.  -  11 Jan 2014


    I made this December 2009 and it was well received. Easy to make and moist and flavourful. The only thing I would change next time is to use golden syrup instead of honey and to use regular salted butter instead of the unsalted I used.  -  31 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)


    Easy and delicious  -  10 Apr 2017  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)