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Want to make a perfect Christmas cake? HappieReturns explains you how to make delicious Christmas cake. Make your own Christmas cake with our easy Christmas cake recipe.

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How to make a christmas cake

How to make aChristmas Cake

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How to make a Christmas cake

Christmas cake is a type of fruit cake served during Christmas time in many countries. A Christmas cake may be light or dark, crumbly-moist to sticky-wet, spongy to heavy, leavened or unleavened, shaped round, square or oblong as whole cakes, cupcake, or petit fours, with marzipan, icing, glazing, dusting with icing sugar, or plain. If a Christmas cake is covered in icing, it is quite common for it to be decorated models of houses, of fir trees or of Santa Claus may be in the array of decorations.

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How to make a Christmas cake

Ingredients

  • 750g mixed sultanas and currants

  • 200g ready-to-eat dried apricots, chopped

  • 100g glacé cherries, rinsed and chopped

  • 100g dried cranberries

  • 2 oranges, both zested, 1 juiced

  • 150ml brandy, sweet sherry or Marsala (plus extra for feeding)

  • 325g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing

  • 225g light sugar

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How to make a Christmas cake

Ingredients

  • 100g golden caster sugar

  • 5 medium eggs

  • 300g plain flour

  • 75g ground almonds

  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 1 tsp mixed spice

  • 1 tsp ground ginger

  • 100g almonds, finely chopped

  • 1 tbsp golden syrup

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How to make a Christmas cake

Method

  • In a medium-sized, non-metallic bowl, mix together the dried fruit, orange zest and juice and brandy. Cover with clingfilm and leave in a cool, dark place to soak overnight.

  • Use a deep, 23cm cake tin. Cut two circles of baking parchment to fit the base of the tin. Measure the circumference of the tin with a piece of string, then cut a strip of paper, and two and a half times the depth. Fold this strip in half lengthways, then make snips at 2.5cm intervals along the fold.

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How to make a Christmas cake

Method

  • Grease the base of the tin and put in one circle of parchment. Grease the sides of the tin and insert the folded strip of paper, pressing down the snipped edges on the base. Finally, place the second disc on top to secure the snipped edges in place. Heat the oven to 140°C/120°C fan/ gas 1.

  • Beat together the butter and sugars with an electric whisk until light and fluffy followed by the eggs, one at a time.

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How to make a Christmas cake

Method

Combine the flour, ground almonds, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice and ground ginger and fold into the butter mixture. Add the chopped almonds and syrup to the soaked fruit, then fold into the mixture.

  • Spoon it into the prepared tin and bake on the bottom shelf of the oven for 4-4½ hours, until the top is dark golden and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.

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How to make a Christmas cake

Method

  • Leave to cool on a cooling rack, then remove from the tin. Use a skewer to pierce the top of the cake at regular intervals and carefully spoon over 2 tbspof brandy, so that it soaks in.

  • Wrap the cake in two layers of fresh baking parchment, then in foil. Feed it with alcohol every two weeks (up to three times before Christmas). Don’t overdo it or your cake will go soggy. It’s also best not to feed it for a week before you ice it. It will keep for up to three months if stored in an airtight tin in a cool, dark place

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How to make a Christmas cake

Notes:

You can soak the fruit with the whiskey overnight to bring out an extra strong flavor in the ingredients. Let the cake cook for ¾ of the baking time before checking (unless you can see it is overheating). Opening the door, banging the door or moving the cake before it has set can cause it to sink dramatically. To give the fruit cake a real punch, unwrap it each week and prick a few holes in the top before drizzling over 2-3 tblsp of brandy or whiskey. Make sure you wrap it tightly once again before storing.

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How to make a Christmas cake


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