Christmas Cake
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Cuisine: baking
Serves: 20
  • 875ml (500g packet or 31/2 cups) mixed cake fruit
  • 250ml (1 cup) brown sugar
  • 125ml (1/2cup) chopped dates
  • 125g (1/2 cup) butter
  • 250ml (1 cup) pure apricot juice in a box
  • 125ml (1/2cup) brandy or if you dont want to use alcohol apricot juice
  • 125ml (1/2cup) chopped glace cherries
  • 100g chopped pecan nuts
  • 2 eggs beaten one at a time
  • 500ml (2 cups) cake flour
  • 12,5ml (1 Tablespoon) cocoa powder
  • 5ml (1 teaspoon) mixed spice
  • 3ml (1/2teaspoon) salt
  • 5ml (1 teaspoon) baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 160ºC/320ºF.
  2. Boil mixed fruit, brown sugar , chopped dates, butter and apricot juice for 20 minutes.
  3. Cool slightly and then add the brandy, cherries and nuts into the fruit mix.
  4. Fold in the eggs, one at a time.
  5. Sift all the dry ingredients together.
  6. Fold the dry ingredients into the fruit mix.
  7. Turn the mixture into a lined 20cm (8in) round tin and bake for approximately 2 hours.
  8. Test with a skewer to see if the cake is cooked through before removing from the oven.
  9. This recipe can be doubled up and put into a 25.5cm(10inch) square tin.
  10. Allow to cool in the tin.
Recipe by Shades of Cinnamon at