Here we have a nice simple traditional Christmas fruit cake recipe with a modern twist that can be made at the last minute, although this cake is always better after it has matured for a month.
I have added a delicious brandy frosting recipe for you to add to this wonderful Christmas fruit cake.
Traditionally, fruitcakes were only frosted when they were wedding cakes, but these days customs like this are often broken.
Preparation and baking time is around 9 hours plus you will need time for the cake to cool. Fruitcakes are meant to be stored and aged, so this is one cake you can make well in advance.
2 1/2 cups (7 oz) ready to eat apricots
2 cups (6 oz) ready to eat figs
1 1/2 cups (4 oz) ready to eat mango
1 1/2 cups (4 oz) ready to eat pineapple
2 1/2 cups (7 oz) glazed cherries
1 cup (3 oz) sweetened dried blueberries
1 cup (3 oz) sweetened dried cranberries
6 tbsp orange juice or brandy
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/4 cups butter
1 1/4 cups molasses sugar
4 medium eggs
1 1/4 cups almonds, roughly chopped
grated zest of 1 orange
3/8 cup ground almonds
2 cups plain flour
2 tsp. mixed spice
Chop the apricots, figs, mango, pineapple and cherries coarsely, and place into a deep mixing bowl with the blueberries and cranberries, stir in the orange juice or brandy, cover and leave to soak for at least 6 hours (overnight is best).
Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy and lighter in color. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the nuts and orange zest.
Sift together the flour and spices, add half to the creamed mixture with half the fruit and mix well.
Add the remaining flour and fruit mix thoroughly. Place the mixture into a greased cake tin 8 x 3.5 inches deep and smooth the top.
Pre-heat the oven to 300F. Place on the middle shelf and bake for about 3 - 3½ hours until the Christmas cake is firm to the touch and dark golden and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow your Christmas cake to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack to cool completely. Wrap the Christmas fruit cake in foil and store in a dry, cool place until required.
Here is an amazing brandy frosting recipe to add to your Christmas fruit cake.
• 2 1/2 cups icing sugar
• 3 1/2 tbsp. Melted butter
• 2 tbsp. double cream
• 2 tbsp. brandy
Put the icing sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Add the melted butter, cream and brandy and mix until smooth.
Add this Brandy frosting recipe to your Christmas cake the day you are going to serve it.