Christmas is coming so lets make that cake…

Rich Fruit Cake

This week I paid a planned visit to Harrogate. As usual I called in at Lakeland and managed to get some small cake tins with their 3 for 2 offer. Plus a whole lot more besides. I wanted to make some Fruit Cakes using these robust little tins and found a Christmas cake recipe that was given to me by the tutor of a cake decoration class I attended earlier this year. It was her mum’s recipe. I’ve adapted it a little.


* 1lb Currants

* 8oz Sultanas

* 4oz Raisins

* 2oz Glacé Cherries

* 2oz Cut Mixed Peel

* 1  1/2 oz Ground Almonds

* 1/4 tsp Orange Rind

* 1/4 tsp Lemon Rind

4 Tblsp Brandy

10 oz Self Raising Flour

Pinch of Salt

1 tsp Mixed Spice

8oz Butter

8 oz Soft Brown Sugar

6 Eggs

1 tbsp Black Treacle

Required Tins

2 x 6 inch round


1 x 6inch Round & 2 x 4 inch round cake tins

Cooking times

6 inch tin = 1 hr 160 c then approx 40 mins at 120 c

4 inch tin = 1 hr 160 c then approx 20 mins at 120c


Place all the ingredients marked with *  in a bowl, pour over the Brandy and mix well. Cover and leave overnight.


My favourite gadget for rubbing in the butter.


Mix flour, salt and spice and rub in the butter.

Mix in all the dried fruit. Then add the  black Treacle,  eggs  and mix well.

Fully line the baking tins with parchment paper.

Baking Test

At the end of the baking times, insert a skewer into the centre of the cake. If the skewer comes out clean then the cake is done. If the skewer still has mixture left on it, continue cooking at the same temperature and test again every 10 mins until the skewer comes out clean.

While the cake is still warm. Pierce the top of the cake and pour a few tablespoons of brandy over the top.  This can be repeated at regular weekly/monthly intervals.


4 inch round cakes



This cake should be made 3 months before use. When completely cool, wrap in greaseproof paper, and further wrap in foil. Store in a tin to mature.

Happy Christmas!


One thought on “Christmas is coming so lets make that cake…

  1. I’m soaking my fruit for 6 weeks in brandy this year – new method – the scent when I stir it is amazing. Really cute cake tins. Lakeland has just arrived in Dubai – I’m having to ration my visits.

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