Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Let them eat cake, she said..


A couple of months ago, before life got a little bit crazy and I stopped knowing where the time went, I had this grand idea that I would make a Christmas Cake in advance of having people to visit for festive, present-y get togethers. None of that is likely to happen now that the flood happened and next week the ceiling repairs are set to begin, but having found a recipe and got all of the ingredients in, it seemed a shame not to make it anyway.

After asking for some tried and tested recipes, I was pointed in the direction of this one, on Liz's blog. I have to admit, I've once tried to make Christmas cake in the past and it wasn't the best- hence wanting a recipe which I was confident would work.

  • 500g mixed fruit
  • 100ml brandy
  • 100g dried cranberries
  • 150g dried apricots, chopped
  • zest of 2, juice of 1 oranges
  • 175g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 200g soft brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 2tsp mixed spice
To begin with, I grated the orange zest and juiced one, added it to the pan with brandy, butter, mixed fruit, cranberries and apricots. I brought this up to the boil, making  sure to keep stirring.

Once boiled, I brought this off the heat and added the egg and sugar and mixed them in. I greased a tin, sifted in the flour and baking powder and spice and then popped it in the oven for 45mins at 130C. Once the first 45mins were up I lowered the temp to 120C and left it in for another 1.5hrs.
Apparently anything between 1.5-2hrs will be good, you'll know when it's read when a skewer comes out with no cake on it.

That was a few days ago and since then I have fed it with fruit juice and a little more brandy, and I will be adding some marzipan and icing later in the week - I know that it should be a little longer usually, but I seem to be running out of time this year. 


  1. ooooh looking good! Love all your pastel things too. I just buy mine from M&S because I'm lazy ;)

  2. Sounds so yummy!I will give this a try as well.I love apricot anything...and brandy? How can you go wrong?! :-)

  3. I totally forgot about baking a Christmas cake this year - November ended up being busier then I thought to find the time. I guess it's too late to bake one this year too, sad times!

  4. Glad you tried it, looks like it turned out nicely! Hope it tastes good on the day xx

  5. It looks wonderful and I'm sure it's going to taste amazing! <3

    Jennie xo |