Christmas Cake Recipe – Part 2

(See Part 1 for initial preparation)


255g (9oz) Unsalted Butter – at room temperature
200g (7oz) Dark muscovado Sugar
5 Medium Free Range Eggs
300g (10½oz) Plain Flour
200g (7oz) Macadamia Nuts – chopped


1. Preheat oven to 150C (300F or Gas 2).
2. Grease the inside of the cake tin then line the sides with two layers of baking paper extending about 5cm (2in) above the top edge of the tin. Line the bottom of the tin with 2 layers also.
3. On the outside of the tin wrap newspaper 4-6 pages thick and tie with string.
4. Place a newspaper on a baking sheet and place the prepared tin on top of the newspaper.
5. In a large bowl, chop the butter up into pieces, then beat with a mixer until soft.
Organic Salt Free Butter
6. Add the sugar and mix until fluffy.
7. Crack the 5 eggs into a jug and beat a little.
Free Range Eggs
8. Pour a little of the beaten eggs and a couple of tablespoons of flour into the bowl and mix ensuring the eggs do not curdle.
9. Repeat until all the egg mixture has been added.
10. Add any remaining flour and mix.
11. Add the macadamia nuts,
Macadamia Nuts
chopped, to the fruit mixture and stir in.
Chopped Macadamia Nuts
12. Add the butter/sugar/flour/egg mixture to the fruit mixture and stir in.
Christmas Cake Mixture
13. Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and level the surface.
Christmas Cake Mixture in Tin
14. To prevent burning, press a piece of baking paper onto the top of the cake mixture.
15. Bake on the lower shelf for 3-4 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
16. Once cooked, remove from oven and leave to cool in the tin.
17. Remove from tin and wrap in grease proof and aluminium foil.
18. Store for 3 months occasionally adding brandy to keep the cake moist until ready to decorate.
Christmas Cake

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  • Teresa December 9, 2012, 9:32 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! I pulled the cake out of the oven this afternoon and it smells lovely. Can’t wait to wrap it in marzipan and ice it ready for Christmas. Thank you so much for this recipe and the pictures look stunning. My husband and kids wanted to eat it today!!!

  • Lottie December 30, 2012, 9:21 pm

    Had the last slice of Christmas cake today. The family loved it. It tasted as good as it looks. Thanks so much for such a geourgeous recipe and pictures.

  • Lucy November 30, 2014, 11:12 pm

    Took it out of the oven today. Looked and smelled wonderfull. I couldn’t wait and it tastes lovely too. Just got to ice it and try not to eat anymore until Christmas! Thanks for this wonderful recipe 🙂

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