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Christmas Cake Slice

Updated: Sep 30, 2023

I like Christmas cake but my Husband and boys don’t! So I wanted a recipe so I could enjoy a little piece but without making a whole cake and baking it for hours. I used to buy Mr Kipling Christmas cake slices so I could have a little bit of cake at Christmas but this year I decided to make my own.



I have used a mixture of dried fruits, glacé cherries and crystallised pineapple but you can use whatever are your favourites.




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Put the dried fruit, glacé cherries and crystallised pineapple in a large bowl and add the brandy. Mix well and leave overnight.


The following day pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees centigrade (140 degrees fan).



Line a 33cm x 22cm (13” x 9”) oblong baking tin with parchment. This is the one I use available on Amazon


In the bowl of a stand mixer for with a hand mixer cream the butter and sugar together until incorporated.


Add the eggs gradually followed by the flour until you have a nice smooth batter.



Finally add the soaked fruit and mix until it is all combined.



Put the mixture into the prepared tin and level the top.



Place in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean.

Leave to cool in the tin.



When the cake to totally cool take it out of the tin and remove the baking parchment.


Roll out the marzipan to slightly bigger than the size of your tin.


Brush the top with the warmed apricot jam and place the marzipan in the top.



Roll out the icing to slightly bigger than the tin.

Brush the marzipan with more apricot jam and place the icing on top of the marzipan.



Trim the excess of the marzipan and icing round the edges to neaten then cut into slices.




Christmas Cake Slice


Sarah's servings: 16

Sarah's skill: Easy

Baking time: 1 hour



Ingredients:


200g Soft unsalted butter

200g Dark brown sugar

4 Large eggs

200g Plain flour

550g Mixed dried fruit

150g Quartered glacé cherries

150g Crystallised pineapple

4 Tbsp Brandy


Decoration

Warmed apricot jam

500g Marzipan

500g White fondant icing

Sprinkles for decoration if required


Method:

  1. Put the dried fruit, glacé cherries and crystallised pineapple in a large bowl and add the brandy. Mix well and leave overnight.

  2. The following day pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees centigrade (140 degrees fan).

  3. Line a 33cm x 22cm (13” x 9”) oblong baking tin with parchment.

  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand mixer cream the butter and sugar together until incorporated.

  5. Add the eggs gradually followed by the flour until you have a nice smooth batter.

  6. Finally add the soaked fruit and mix until it is all combined.

  7. Put the mixture into the prepared tin and level the top.

  8. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean.

  9. Leave to cool in the tin.

  10. When the cake to totally cool take it out of the tin and remove the baking parchment.

  11. Roll out the marzipan to slightly bigger than the size of your tin.

  12. Brush the top with the warmed apricot jam and place the marzipan in the top.

  13. Roll out the icing to slightly bigger than the tin.

  14. Brush the marzipan with more apricot jam and place the icing on top of the marzipan.

  15. Trim the excess of the marzipan and icing round the edges to neaten then cut into slices.






Sarah’s extra slice……


You can make the cake ahead of time and freeze without the marzipan and icing. Then ice when you need it.



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6 Comments


Guest
Nov 27, 2022

Hi Sarah, how do you slice so nearly? Is there are trick? I tried chilling the cake before slicing but the crumbs are messy, I’m embarrassed to gift them. Thank you

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Sarah L Samuels
Nov 27, 2022
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I use a bread knife and use a kind of sawing action. If you push a knife down you won’t get a clean edge. Also wipe the knife down with a damp cloth after each cut. Hope this helps. Sarah

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Guest
Nov 09, 2022

Hi Sarah. Do you think this could be made a few weeks ahead and 'fed' each week rather than freezing?

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Sarah L Samuels
Nov 09, 2022
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I haven’t tried it as this was supposed to be a quick bake just before Christmas.

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FIONA SINFIELD
FIONA SINFIELD
Nov 11, 2021

Thank you Sarah, this will be perfect to make for our community Christmas get togethers too.

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Sarah L Samuels
Nov 11, 2021
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Your welcome - a slice of cake would make a great gift 🎄

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