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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.38 / 5 (141 votes)

Prep time:
5 min
Cook time:
1 hr 35 min
makes one 20cm cake

Stir-up Sunday pass you by? Try this alternative to Christmas cake from Bord Bia – a foolproof fruit cake flavoured with Irish stout


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line the base of a buttered loose-bottomed 20cm cake tin with greaseproof paper.

2. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter, sugar and stout together over a low heat. Add the orange zest, sultanas, raisins and mixed peel. Bring to the boil and leave for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.

2. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg into a large mixing bowl and add the warm fruit mix. Stir in cherries, then gradually pour in the egg, stirring well.

3. Spoon the mixture into the tin, smoothing the top over with a knife. Bake in for around 1 1/2 hours, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.

Recipe and image suplpied by www.bordbia.ie


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I did this as a christmas cake for my first ever attempt, it was so easy and it went very quickly. My 3yr old loves it, I even put marzipan and icing on it. It looked like a proper christmas cake, I was very proud of myself for a first attempt. Highly recommend this recipe.

Sarah295 Sarah295  Posted 06 Jan 2011 10:20 AM