Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Christmas Cake aka Fruit Cake

This is a classic in many Irish homes around the 8th of December homes will be filled with the smells of Christmas cake, the fruits, the spices, the alcohol. The cake is then offered to every visitor that walks in your door over Christmas, it is a shout out to Old Irish Traditions! In my family it isn't so much about the eating of the cake but stirring the batter and making a wish, it is a tradition we have been doing for as long as I can remember - that to me makes the Christmas cake.

454g Butter
454g Soft Brown Sugar
113g Currants
623g Sultanas
623g Raisins

170g Cherries
56g Dried Apricots
56g Ground Almonds
510g Plain Flour
8 Eggs
56g Dates
1 Tsp Mixed Spice
1 Tsp Cinnamon
113g Mixed Peel


  1. Cream the butter and the sugar, 
  2. Beat 6 eggs in a bowl and add to the batter, alternating with half of the flour and make a batter
  3. With the other half of the flour, cut all of the fruits in half; dates, apricots, cherries and mix through the flour
  4. Add the fruit to the batter and the rest of the ingredients 
  5. Adjust the consistency with whiskey
  6. Leave to sit overnight 
  7. Cook for 3.5 hours at gas mark 2/150 degrees 
  8. Decorate with almond paste or marzipan, then with either royal icing or fondant

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