Easy Christmas Cake Recipe

This is a deliciously moist, fruity cake to eat at Christmas with the whole family. Serve a big warm slice, preferably flamed, and with some home-made custard or some thick clotted cream.

For a simple custard recipe, try: 500ml milk, 6 egg yolks, 100g caster sugar, 2 tsp. corn-flour, and a vanilla pod. Scrape the vanilla from the pod, add to the milk, and warm to just below boiling point. Beat the eggs, sugar, and corn-flour together until smooth. Add the warm milk and vanilla to the eggs and sugar, gradually, stirring all the time. Put it through a sieve, and cook until thickened.


  • 350g flour
  • 100g ground almods
  • 6 eggs beaten with a dash of milk
  • 1 tbsp. black treacle
  • 225g butter
  • 225g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. mixed spice
  • 1 tsp. grated nutmeg


  • 225g currants
  • 225g sultanas
  • 225g raisins
  • 100g cherries

(All fruit should be dried, washed, and cut into equal size chunks)

Method of Preparation

Mix together the dry ingredients: the flour, almonds, and the spices.

Make sure the fruit is washed and dry before you put it in.

Beat the butter together with the sugar.

Beat the eggs with the milk

Combine the eggs and the butter mixtures together until smooth, and then mix the flour mixture in until completely smooth.

Add in the fruit and mix together.

This ideally needs to be backed for a good 4 hours. Pop it in for the first hour at 180C, then the next 3 hours at 150C.

This will keep for a long time, and a traditional way to cook this is to add an alcohol a couple of months before serving, and do this every 3 weeks until you’re going to serve it. You could use brandy, cherry brandy, and whiskey – anything you like, really. Of course, this isn’t really suitable for children, so make an non-alcoholic version a day or so before. The alcohol in this preserves the cake, which means by the time you eat it, it is beautifully moist, and very, very, decadent.

When you bring this to the table, using a firelighter, pour over a fresh dash of alcohol – and light this alcohol. This makes a wonderful centre piece, and the flavour of the alcohol really intensifies when you flame it. Don’t worry, it won’t set on fire!

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