Traditional Christmas Cake

Traditional Christmas Cake

Traditional Christmas Cake

A traditional British Christmas cake is a fruit cake, it is made months in advance and kept moist by pouring brandy or a liquid on it, wrapped in greaseproof paper and aluminium foil. The joy of decorating the cake each year is a family tradition for us, as everyone has a say in how I should decorate it.
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Course: Celebrations
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 10 oz Currants
  • 8 oz raisins
  • 3 oz sultanas
  • 3 oz cherries
  • 20 oz almonds chopped
  • 20 oz ground almonds
  • 2 1/2 oz mixed peel
  • 6 oz soft brown sugar
  • 5 oz butter
  • 7 oz plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon black treacle
  • 1 rind orange and lemon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 eggs


  • Beat all ingredients together with wooden spoon. Place in tin, smoothing down with a wet metal spoon.
  • Pour mixture into an 8 inch round cake tin. Place in the middle of oven.
  • Bake for 3 hours at 300 F degrees. Leave in tin for 15 minutes. Place on a wire rack.
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