Christmas cake

Classic Christmas cake

The classic Christmas cake made easy.

By , 21 September 2015
Classic Christmas cake
  • Ready in: 1740 mins
  • Serves: 24
  • Price: 60p per serving
Nutritional Info
Each 94g serving contains
  • Fat 10.8
    15%
  • Sat Fat 5.3
    26%
  • Sugar 39.7
    44%
  • Salt 0.3
    5%
  • Cals 312
    16%
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 1389kJ/332kcal.
Ingredients
  • 1 kg Asda Mixed Dried Fruit
  • 100ml brandy (or rum)
  • 215g butter, softened
  • 215g soft brown sugar
  • 4 large free-range eggs
  • 225g plain flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 orange, grated zest of
  • 1 unwaxed lemon, grated zest of
  • 75g ground almonds
  • 100g glacé cherries, quartered
Method
  • Put the dried fruit in a bowl with the brandy or rum. Cover with cling film and leave for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.

  • Line a 22cm deep round tin with three layers of baking paper. Pre-heat the oven to 150C/130C Fan/Gas 2.

  • Beat the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, spice, zest and almonds together in a large bowl until creamy. Stir in the cherries with the dried fruit and its liquid.

  • Put the mixture in the tin and wrap it.

  • Bake for 2 hours, then reduce the oven to 140C/120C Fan/Gas 1. Cook for another 1 1⁄2 to 2 hours or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

  • Remove from the tin and cool on a rack. When cold, store in an airtight box or tin.