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This recipe is classed as intermediate

Rating 3.31 / 5 (176 votes)

Prep time:
25 min
Cook time:
1 hr
Makes 10 individual cakes

Beverley Glock's recipe for quick-Christmas cake can be made into ten individual servings, ideal for presents or for a festive tea party

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1. Turn the oven onto 140C/120C fan/gas 1 and put a shelf onto the centre runner.

2. Grease ten 10x10cm tins using a little of the butter and line with baking parchment.

3. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, sieve in the flour with the spices, bicarbonate of soda and salt and add the beaten eggs, treacle, apple and orange rind. Add the fruit and nuts to the bowl, mix together. Finally add in the brandy and mix together thoroughly.

4. Spoon the mixture evenly between the tins and press down gently with the back of a spoon to even it out.

5. Bake for around 1 hour or until cooked. Check if it's cooked by inserting a skewer into the centre - if the skewer comes out gooey then leave the cake in the oven for another 10 minutes or until the skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool

6. Roll out the fondant icing on a board sprinkled with icing sugar until it is 5mm in thickness. Spread the apricot jam over the cakes and cut the icing to size before placing on top of each individual cake.


Tips and suggestions

You can make this as a normal sized Christmas cake or as ten individual cakes. For round cakes, use baked bean tins, washed out and lined with baking parchment.

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Latest Comment


Try baking them in a deep muffin tin.

Jay Stevens Jay Stevens  Posted 12 Nov 2013 2:33 AM

Hi SamanthaJane560, thanks for your comment - the best thing to do is to cook the Christmas cake in baked bean tins as we mention in the cooks tip and if you want the square cakes just slice into squares using a clean knife. To add the icing, simply roll out fondant icing and cover - I'll add this to the recipe now! Thanks for letting us know!

Becs Good Food Becs Good Food  Posted 04 Dec 2012 4:37 PM

Good recipes, but how do i cut theses into shape like photo? What icing do we use? They tasted brilliant but its shape theres not enough information after you've baked it.

SamanthaJane560 SamanthaJane560  Posted 03 Dec 2012 11:39 AM

ok, made these in baked bean tins, lined. did 5 for the first batch. Took alot longer than an hour, more like and 1.5hrs. Nightmare to get out of tins! After bashing it, knifing round the edges, bashing..I resorted to getting pliers to cut down the god xxxxxx tin! The whole thing fell apart. Then I came up with the idea of using a tin opener to open the bottom. This worked great. Had to slice the top off 2 of them, but the final one slipped out intact. Cooked the final batch in loaf tin. However, they taste great! Also added cherries and lemon zest. And extra brandy!

heidiD64822 heidiD64822 Posted 19 Dec 2011 7:27 PM

Treacle is just molasses Annette, which I'm sure can be found in the US. Good luck!

Charlotte - Good Food Charlotte - Good Food Posted 07 Dec 2011 9:54 AM

I don't live in the UK and can't get black treacle - any ideas what I can use?

annetteG64140 annetteG64140 Posted 06 Dec 2011 9:27 AM

Hi there, in response to the 2 queries below about freezing I can confirm that I have successfully frozen Christmas cake, without detriment to quality, on a domestic basis. That said a well made cake of this sort will, if properly wrapped, last up to a year OUT of the freezer whilst continuing to improve. Happy baking!

AlisCountryK AlisCountryK Posted 02 Dec 2011 1:40 PM

These look fantastic ,again I would love to know if you could freeze them so I could do a batch and also how long they will keep once cooked?

JoannaM17052 JoannaM17052 Posted 26 Nov 2010 7:35 AM

does anyone know if these can be frozen or how long they last as thinking off doing for son's school fate at christmas (perfect for parent's grandparents etc)and would like to make a batch off them up

sparklewareham sparklewareham Posted 11 Nov 2009 3:08 PM

These cakes are the perfect size for fund raising. Cakes turned out really well, I also used empty pineapple ring tins to make slightly larger cakes.

GeraldineF22943 GeraldineF22943 Posted 12 Oct 2008 10:29 AM