Rich Christmas Cake

Our wonderful celebration Christmas fruit cake. Just remember to start your cake by Labour Day in order for the flavours to fully develop for Christmas Day.

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Prep Time: 5 hours Servings: 16-20
  • 1¾ cups orange juice

    ¾ cup dark rum or brandy

    2 Tbsp finely grated orange zest

    500g raisins

    2 cups sultanas

    2 cups chopped dates

    150g crystallised ginger, chopped

    150g mixed peel

    150g glacé cherries, halved

    ½ tsp vanilla essence

    ¼ tsp almond essence

    2 tsp finely grated lemon zest

    1 cup blanched almonds

    500g currants

    2½ cups Edmonds high grade flour

    ½ tsp Edmonds baking soda

    1 tsp cinnamon

    1 tsp mixed spice

    ½ tsp ground nutmeg

    250g butter

    1½ cups brown sugar

    2 Tbsp treacle

    5 eggs, beaten

    1. Place the orange juice, rum and orange zest in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and add the dried fruit. Cover and leave the fruit to soak overnight.
    2. The next day stir the essences, lemon rind and almonds into the fruit mixture. Sift the flour, soda and spices into a bowl.
    3. Preheat the oven to 150ºC. Line a deep 23cm square tin with baking paper and tie a double layer of brown paper around the outside of the tin.
    4. Cream the butter, sugar and treacle until light and fluffy and add the eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition.
    5. Fold in the sifted ingredients alternately with the fruit mixture.
    6. Scoop the mixture into the prepared tin then wet your hand under the cold tap and smooth the surface.
    7. Bake for 4 hours or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Cool in the tin on a wire rack, covered with a clean cloth
    8. Wrap in tinfoil and a cloth and store in a cool place.
    9. If you want a more flavoursome cake pour 2–3 tablespoons of brandy or sherry over the cake after it has cooled and before storing it. If the top is crusty, make little holes with a skewer or toothpick to help the alcohol soak in. 

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