Full of Fruit Christmas Cake
Oh no! Have you forgotten to make this year's Christmas cake months in advance? Never fear. This cake is perfect when made just prior to serving. Alternatively, you can keep it for a month and feed it with whiskey to keep it nice and moist. Your choice!
Recipe Tester Feedback: "This is a winning dish as it gave me bonus marks with my mother-in-law. She absolutely loved it and even took some home for seconds. Everyone absolutely loved it and I will cook it again for sure." - Samantha
Contains: Gluten / Dairy / Egg / Nuts
Preparation Time 20 minutes + overnight soaking time
Cooking Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Can be frozen
- whiskey - 130g
- dried fruit - 375g, mixed
- glace cherries - 100g, halved
- dried apricots - 50g, or glace, diced
- pineapple - 200g, glace, diced
- butter - 130g
- brown sugar - 110g
- vanilla - 1 tsp, extract
- mixed spice - 1.5 tsp
- cloves - 1/2 tsp, ground
- eggs - 4
- orange - 1, juice and zest only
- almond meal - 70g
- plain flour - 130g
- baking powder - 1 tsp
- almonds - blanched, to garnish, optional
- Add the whiskey (130g), dried fruit (375g), cherries (100g), apricots (50g) and pineapple (200g) to a large bowl. Stir to combine, cover and allow to sit overnight.
- The next day, preheat oven to 160C. Line a cake tin with baking paper. A tin with a shorter diameter than 24cm will give you a higher cake.
- If you need to make your own almond meal, add almonds (70g) to the bowl and grind Speed 8 / 10 seconds. Set aside.
- If you want to use your mixer to zest the orange, add the orange zest (from 1 orange) and blitz Speed 10 / 20 seconds. Scrape down sides and repeat if necessary. You can leave in the bowl if preferred.
- Add butter (130g), sugar (110g) and vanilla (1 tsp) to bowl. Mix Speed 4 / 30 seconds. Scrape down sides.
- Repeat Speed 4 / 30 seconds.
- Add an egg (1 only). Mix Speed 4 / 10 seconds.
- Add a second egg (1 only). Mix Speed 4 / 10 seconds.
- Add a third egg (1 only). Mix Speed 4 / 10 seconds.
- Add a fourth egg (1 only). Mix Speed 4 / 10 seconds.
- Add orange juice (from 1 orange), orange zest (if not already added), almond meal (70g), plain flour (130g) and baking powder (1 tsp). Mix Speed 4 until just combined.
- Add mixture to the soaked fruit and mix with a spatula until just combined.
- Pour into the prepared tin and smooth the top of the cake. You can place blanched almonds on top for a decorative look if desired.
- Bake for an hour to an hour and a half. Check it is cooked with a skewer. If it comes out clean it is ready. If not, continue cooking.
- Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.