Christmas Cake Recipe – Easy Fruit Cake that beautifully moist!

Christmas Cake Recipe – Easy Fruit Cake that beautifully moist!


Now I know it’s nowhere near Christmas
yet and normally in our house all talk of Christmas is banned until at least
December, but November really is the right time to make your Christmas cake
and I’m going to tell you why. Packed with fruit and then fed with
cherry brandy this cake is going to be the most delicious Christmas cake ever.
Now we start with a large pan and to that we’re going to add 175 grams or 3/4
of a cup of unsalted butter, next in goes 210 grams or a packed cup of light brown
Muscovado sugar then 400 grams or 2 and 2/3 of a cup of mixed dried fruit, 200
grams or a cup of glace cherries that have been roughly chopped, 100 grams or a
cup of dried cranberries the zest and juice of one orange, the zest of one lemon and about 120 ml or
1/2 a cup of cherry brandy. Heat on a medium heat until that comes to a gentle
bubble and then we’re going to allow that to simmer for about 10 minutes just
stirring occasionally. After that 10 minutes is up we’re going to take the
pan off the heat and leave it to cool slightly and then we’ll preheat the oven
to 150 C or 300 F. Now we want to line a 20 centimeter cake tin with a removable
base so I’ve cut a couple of strips of bacon parchment here and that’s gonna
lie on the sides of the tin it needs to be higher than the sides of the tin so
an inch and a half to two inches higher than the sides and that will help to
protect the cake and stop it from burning in the oven, and then to line the
base of the tin we’re going to cut out a circle. Take a large piece of baking
parchment and fold it over once then again and finally for a third time and
then place the point of the parchment in the center of the baking tin and then
we’re going to cut following the line of the edge of the baking tin and unfold it
and that should give you a perfect circle. Line the sides of the baking tin
first and then place the center circle inside. We’re gonna add in 85 grams or 1/2 a cup
of ground almonds and then give that a stir. Then add in 3 large eggs and stir
together, and finally we’re going to add in the dry ingredients. We need 200 grams
or a cup and 2/3 of plain (all-purpose) flour, 1/2 a teaspoon of baking powder, a
teaspoon of mixed spice, a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and quarter of a
teaspoon of ground allspice. Spoon the mixture into the lined baking tin. That’s going in the oven for 45 minutes
and then after 45 minutes we’re going to turn the oven down to 140 degrees C or
275 F and cook for a further hour to an hour and a half until the top of the
cake is a lovely dark golden brown and then inserted skewer comes out clean if
it looks at the top of the cake is starting to darken too much you can just
place some foil on top. Once cooked want to remove the cake from the oven
and make ten to twelve holes all over it with a skewer. Whilst it’s still warm
we’re going to spoon four tablespoons of cherry brandy on top. Leave the cake to cool in the tin then
remove from the tin and wrap in a double layer of baking parchment and then a
layer of foil and place in an airtight container at room temperature. Feed the cake with two tablespoons of
cherry brandy every week right up until a few days before you want to marzipan
and ice the cake and that’s why we make the cake in November so you can give it
a good few feedings for a deliciously moist cake with a rich flavor.