Dessert - As-you-like-it Christmas cake recipes

Author: Benjamin Shae  

Use your choice of dried fruit, nuts, citrus zest and booze (or even tea) and get your cake made up to six months in advance These Christmas cake recipes will make your holiday even sweeter! From peppermint to cranberry to gingerbread, these festive cakes are welcome at any holiday feast.

Christmas Cake Recipe

Christmas Cake Recipe
An easy Christmas cake that turns out perfect every time. No creaming, beating or soaking of fruit required!
Provided by: Nicky Corbishley
Total time: 150 minutes
Cook time: 135 minutes
Prep time: 15 minutes
Yields: 16 servings
Cuisine: British
Number of ingredients: 16
  • 175 g (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, chopped
  • 210 g (1 packed cup) light brown muscavado sugar
  • 400 g (2 + 2/3 cups) mixed dried fruit
  • 200 g (1 cup) glacé cherries (roughly chopped)
  • 100 g (1 cup) dried cranberries
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) cherry brandy
  • 85 g (1/2 cup) ground almonds ( (coarsely ground - not the type that is like flour))
  • 3 large eggs (lightly whisked)
  • 200 g (1 + 2/3 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • Cherry brandy ((1-2 tbsp per week))
  • Calories: 378 kcal
  • Carbohydrate: 59 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 54 mg
  • Sodium: 41 mg
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Sugar: 43 g
  • Serving Size: 1 serving
How to cook:
  1. Take a large saucepan pan and add the butter, sugar, dried mixed fruit, glacé cherries, cranberries, orange & lemon zest and juice and all but 4 tbsp of the cherry brandy.
  2. Heat on a medium heat until the mixture comes to a gently bubble, then turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 150C/300F and line a 20cm (~8inch) spring-form round cake tin (with a removable base) with baking parchment (I find it's easier to line the sides first so they're about 2" above the cake tin, then cut out a circle for the base and push it in).
  5. Add the ground almonds into the slightly cooled fruit mixture and mix, then stir in the eggs.
  6. Add the flour, baking powder and spices and fold together until everything is just combined.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the tin and smooth flat with the back of a spoon.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes, then turn down the heat to 140C/275F and cook for a further 1-1+1/2 hours, until the cake is dark brown on top and an inserted skewer comes out clean (note: if you're using a gas oven, the cake may take 15-30 minutes longer to cook). Cover the top of the cake with foil if it starts to darken too much.
  9. Take out of the oven, and whilst it's still hot, use a skewer to make about 10-12 holes all over the cake.
  10. Pour the 4tbsp cherry brandy all over the top of the cake.
  11. Leave the cake to cool in the tin. then remove it and wrap in a double layer of baking parchment and then in a double layer of foil. Place in an air tight container at room temperature.
  12. Feed with 1-2 tbsp cherry brandy once a week up until a few days before you marzipan and ice the cake.
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As-you-like-it Christmas cake

As-you-like-it Christmas cake
Use your choice of dried fruit, nuts, citrus zest and booze (or even tea) and get your cake made up to six months in advance
Provided by: Sarah Cook
Total time: 320 minutes
Cook time: 270 minutes
Prep time: 50 minutes
Yields: 12 servings
Cuisine: British
Number of ingredients: 10
  • 1kg mixed dried fruit (any blend of raisins, sultanas, currants, mixed peel, dried cranberries, glacé cherries, chopped dried apricots, dates, dried figs or dried pineapple)
  • 150ml sherry, brandy, rum or brewed tea, plus extra for feeding
  • zest and juice 2 oranges, 2 lemons or 4 clementines
  • 250g pack unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for the tin
  • 250g light, soft brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 100g whole or flaked almonds, chopped hazelnuts, walnuts or brazil nuts (optional)
  • Calories: 681 calories
  • Fat: 24 grams fat
  • Saturated Fat: 14 grams saturated fat
  • Carbohydrate: 112 grams carbohydrates
  • Sugar: 97 grams sugar
  • Fiber: 3 grams fiber
  • Protein: 8 grams protein
  • Sodium: 0.26 milligram of sodium
How to cook:
  1. Put your chosen dried fruit mixture into a large bowl with your choice of alcohol or tea, citrus zest and juice. Mix well, cover and leave overnight.
  2. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Butter and double-line a deep cake tin – 20cm round or 18cm square – with enough baking parchment to come about 2.5cm above the top of the tin. Wrap the outside of the tin with a few sheets of newspaper, securing with staples or string.
  3. Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy, then beat in the eggs one by one. Tip in the flour, mixed spice, soaked dried fruit and any liquid from the bowl, plus your chosen nuts, if using. Stir everything together, then scrape into the cake tin. Using the back of your spoon, make a slight dent in the centre of the mixture, then bake for 1½ hrs.
  4. Reduce oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1, loosely cover the top of the cake with a double sheet of foil or baking parchment, and bake for another 2 ½ - 3 hrs or until a skewer poked right to the bottom comes out clean. Cool in the tin, then lift out and wrap in greaseproof paper or baking parchment. Keep in a cake tin with a tight-fitting lid, or wrapped in a large sheet of foil, in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months. Open the cake every week or two to feed by poking with a skewer in several places and dribbling over a little more of your chosen alcohol or tea.
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30 Best Christmas Cakes Recipe Collection

30 Best Christmas Cakes Recipe Collection
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Provided by: insanelygood
Yields: 0 servings
Number of ingredients: 30
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Notes: Quick Christmas cake recipe, Ingredients · 600g good-quality mixed dried fruits · 150ml whisky, warmed · 150g stem ginger, drained, plus 8 tbsp ginger syrup from the jar · 200g butter, softened
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