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Shop Cake for Christmas

We’ve gathered everything you need to create the perfect festive fruit cake.  Loaded with festive fruit and spiced to perfection, a traditional fruit cake is the ultimate grand finale to a Christmas feast!

Christmas Cake Baking Essentials

Christmas Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 250g butter
  • 2 cups Chelsea White Sugar
  • 2kg mixed dried fruit
  • 1 cup sherry
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 Tbsp Chelsea Golden Syrup or Treacle
  • 4 eggs
  • 450g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp orange zest

Method

  1. Heat butter, sugar, fruit, sherry, spice, baking soda and syrup in a large saucepan. Heat over a medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring often. Allow to cool fully (at least 1 hour).
  2. Heat oven to 125°C conventional bake. Grease 2 x deep 20cm round tins (or 2 x regular 30cm tins) and triple line with baking paper, ensuring the paper extends up the sides beyond the tin.
  3. Beat eggs and stir through cooled fruit mixture. Sift dry ingredients and fold into fruit mixture with orange zest.
  4. Spoon into tins, bake for approximately 3-3½ hours or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Decorate once cool.
Christmas cake cut and presented on plate

Handy Tips

  • For alcohol-free, replace sherry with black tea, fruit juice or water!
  • Place a double layer of baking paper across top of tin to prevent cake browning too quickly (avoiding contact with cake mixture).
  • We have updated this recipe to make it easier to bake by spreading it across two cake tins. You can still make it as one cake, just allow for a longer cooking time (approx. 4 hrs) and check it regularly.
  • The secret to success is baking on a low temperature for longer.

Recipe Author: Chelsea Sugar

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