• Sarah L Samuels

Making a 8” Christmas Cake

Updated: Nov 17

This is my go to recipe for a Christmas cake and one I have been making for years.



In this blog I will cover how to make and bake your cake and I will do another blog on how to decorate the cake with marzipan and fondant icing.

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You can’t make this cake straight away you need to prepare the fruit first and leave for 2-3 days so bare this in mind before you start the process. You can leave a few extra days but need at least 2 days to soak in the alcohol.


Weigh the fruit and cherries ( I used natural glacé cherries in this recipe hence the colour) into a large bowl and add the alcohol you are using.




Mix the alcohol into the fruit and cover with cling film, stir daily and leave for 2-3 days to soak.




When ready to bake the cakes Preheat the oven to 140 degrees centigrade (120 fan)

Grease and line a baking tin including the sides. You do not need to put any paper on the outside of the tin.



In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs gradually alternating with the flour to the mixture doesn’t curdle.



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



Put the mixture into the lined tin.



Bake for 4 hours or until a skewer comes out clean.




Leave to cool in the tin.


Once it is cool don’t remove the baking parchment as this keeps the cake moist. Wrap fully in more parchment and then in foil and store in a cool dry place.


Each week feed the cake with 1 tablespoon of alcohol then re-wrap until you are ready to decorate.



See Decorating your 8” Christmas cake (coming soon) for full instructions when you are ready to finish your cake.


Ingredients:


1250g Mixed dried fruit

100g Glacé cherries

100ml Brandy or Rum

225g Soft unsalted Butter

225g Light brown sugar

225g Plain flour

4 Large eggs


Method:

  1. Weigh the fruit and cherries into a large bowl and add the alcohol you are using. Mix the alcohol into the fruit and cover with cling film, stir daily and leave for 2-3 days to soak.

  2. When ready to bake the cakes Preheat the oven to 140 degrees centigrade (120 fan)

  3. Grease and line a baking tin including the sides. You do not need to put any paper on the outside of the tin.

  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

  5. Add the eggs gradually alternating with the flour to the mixture doesn’t curdle.

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

  7. Put the mixture into the lined tin and bake for 4 hours or until a skewer comes out clean.

  8. Leave to cool in the tin.

  9. Once it is cool don’t remove the baking parchment as this keeps the cake moist. Wrap fully in more parchment and then in foil and store in a cool dry place.

  10. Each week feed the cake with 1 tablespoon of alcohol then re-wrap until you are ready to decorate.

  11. See Decorating your 8” Christmas cake for full instructions when you are ready to finish your cake.

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Sarah’s extra slice……


You can use a mix of your favourite dried fruits up to the weight in the recipe.

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