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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Author: Tamzin

Food activist and childhood nutrition advocate Tamzin Cochrane helps the busiest of people to cook up something healthy and delicious, even after a long day. She also helps companies and schools educate around—and create a culture and environment that truly supports healthy eating. Decades in the foodservice and hospitality industry have given Tamzin a well-rounded perspective on mealtime. She is passionate about bringing back the lost art of families and friends cooking together, and she loves seeing people enjoy the amazing tastes and textures of their communal effort. Inspiring children to cook and expand there horizons on food is very important. She shares this message through virtual coaching and video courses, by speaking at corporations, schools, and events, and through her recently-released video courses. Tamzin is found most often at The Pinny and Trowel Cooking School, which she opened in early 2020, it is located in Austin TX. Tamzin was born in England, grew up in Scotland, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband (who incidentally, is Scottish but grew up in England) and their children.

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