Friday, April 30, 2010

Sonia's Christmas Cake

Perfect timing for Christmas in July events....
.get your Christmas Cake cooked now.!!!

I have been baking this for over 10 years and never had a disaster, I usually do a double batch and manage to make a round, a square and about 16 small loaves. In 2008 I baked them in the papercraft tins, It only made 8 small cakes, with my round and loaf tins - the round is saved for Christmas day, the loaf tin is what I serve in the lead up to Christmas day.

  • 500g sultanas
  • 250g raisins
  • 250g dates chopped
  • 125g currents
  • 125g pitted prunes chopped
  • 100g glace aprictos chopped
  • 100g glace cherries halved
  • 2 tblspns grated orange rind
  • 1/2cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 250g butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup treacle
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tspn mixed spice
  • decorate with whole blanched almonds and pecans

  1. Mix fruit, rind, brandy, and water, cover, store overnight or for up to 1 month (stir occasionally)
  2. Preheat oven 150 degrees, Grease and triple line tin (mixture does both round (23cm) tin and loaf tin.
  3. Beat butter, sugar, & treacle until creamy, add eggs one at a time, beating well.
  4. Stir into fruit mixture. Add flour & spice, mix until combined.
  5. Spoon into tins, tap tins on bench, smooth then decorate.
  6. BAKE 3 -3 1/2 hours.
  7. While hot drizzle with brandy cool in tin wrapped in a towel. When cold remove from tin wrap in glad wrap and store for up to 3 months.


  1. What a fabulous blog. Thanks for sharing! I'll be checking back often.

  2. Your welcome Sandra....hope you enjoy our creations.

  3. Well 2010 turned out from a double batch of this recipe...
    1 large round
    1 large load
    8 mini loaves
    5 small 10cm rounds.

    eaten the day after baking - 4 small rounds - and they are divine!!!

  4. 2011 another double batch.
    1 large round
    6 small flower pots

  5. 2013 soaked fruit for almost 3 weeks
    Double batch yielded my regular christmas round
    2 rectangle display tins with lids
    8 round display tins with lids