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I make Christmas cake during Autumn, so that it can be ‘fed’ with alcohol for a few weeks before the big day.  I love the smell, I love everything that goes into a Christmas cake……but I can’t stand the taste.   Seriously!  Every year I make a slightly different version of this recipe, in the hope that one day I’ll discover the holy grail; the right combination of fruits and alcohol that results in a Christmas cake that I actually like to eat!! 

Christmas Cake 2011

In the meantime, everyone else seems to love my cake and I love making it!  Last year’s version was heavy with different types of cherries and soaked in Amaretto.  It was a popular combination.  I’ve also has alot of success with cake soaked in sherry and filled with plenty of cranberries and orange zest.

This year’s cake has raisins, cherries, dates and figs and will be soaked in the whisky that I won during Bethany’s School Summer Fair.  You can really use any combination of fruits and alcohol in your cake; just use the things that you and your family like to eat.  Why not let each family member choose an ingredient? Who knows, you might inadvertently create a family recipe?

The first thing you need to do is soak your fruit for a few days, which I’ve started tonight.

The basic recipe is….

725g dried fruit and cherries 

1 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground or freshly grated nutmeg

zest of one orange

Approximately 8 tablespoons of alchohol!

My Summer Fair winnings ;-P


  1. Decide what proportions you would like to use.  I used 140 g cherries and around 160g of dates and 170g figs, making up the bowl with 250 g of raisins.
  2. Larger fruits suck as figs, should be chopped into small pieces and cherries ought to be cut in half.
  3. Add the spices to the fruit and mix well.
  4. Add the zest of one orange.
  5. Pour approximately 8 tablespoons over the fruit and stir together.
  6. Cover and allow to soak for a couple of days in a cool, dark place.

The rest of the ingredients, won’t be needed until the fruit has soaked.

4 eggs

225g/8 ounce unsalted butter

225g/8 ounce soft brown sugar

225g/8 ounce plain white flour

125g/4 ounce ground almonds

1 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground or freshly grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground mixed spice


 Keep checking, I’ll post the next steps in a couple of days once my fruit has soaked.  have fun choosing your ingredients.
Love Rachel


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