Not so traditional Christmas Cake

As I said in a previous post I personally prefer a dark richer Fruitcake. I have searched to find one that I liked and here is my rendition of a not so traditional Dark fruit cake.

Dark Christmas Cake

500 g mixed dried fruits

250 g dates, cut up

125 g butter

200 ml soft brown sugar

250 ml strong coffee

200 g cherries

Put all the ingredients in a large pan set over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 3 mins. ( I boiled mine in the microwave for 8 min on high.)

IMG_0999Add 5 ml Bicarb of soda and 100 g chopped pecan nuts into the hot mixture and stir well. Leave to cool for  about 30 mins.  IMG_1005Pre-heat the oven to 130 C.                                            
Then add :
500 ml plain flour
5 ml baking powder
2 ml mixed nutmeg
2 ml ground cinnamon
2 ml ground cloves
2 ml salt
2 large beaten eggs                                                          
Add the remaining ingredients to the fruit mixture and stir well, making sure there are no pockets of flour.  and tip it into  prepared tins, level the top with a spatula and bake in the centre of the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes.IMG_1006Remove the cake from the oven, poke holes in it with a skewer and spoon over 15 ml of your chosen alcohol. Leave the cake to cool completely in the tin.IMG_1015To store, peel off the baking parchment, then wrap well in cling film or tin foil.chritmas 

Fruit Cake

 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fruit cake (or fruitcake) is a cake made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruitnuts, and spices, and (optionally) soaked in spirits. A cake that simply has fruit in it as an ingredient can also be colloquially called a fruit cake.  Fruit cakes are often served in celebration of weddings and Christmas. Given their rich nature, fruit cake is most often consumed on its own, as opposed to with condiments (such as butter or cream).

Each person has their own list of  must have foods for Christmas.  For me, one of them  is a Fruit Cake.

Baking a Fruit Cake for Christmas will always bring back  memories of my mom. She always baked a cake for each of our siblings.

To us Christmas is just not the same without it!

My mom’s recipe is for a light Fruit cake:

Fruit Cake

Ingredients and Method:

500 ml sugar

500 grams mixed dry fruit

50 ml citrus peel


500 ml water

250 grams butter


Place fruit, sugar, water and butter in a saucepan and bring it to the boil. Simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.


Butter or spray 2 cake tins with a non-stick vegetable spray. Line the bottom of the tins with buttered baking paper, also lining the sides of the cake tins with strips of buttered baking paper that extend about 3  to 4 cm above the tins.


Preheat oven to 130 degree C.

Beat 3 eggs until light and add it to the cooled fruit mixture.

Then fold in 4 cups (4 x 250 ml ) self raising flour.IMG_0766


Scrape the batter into the 2 prepared tins and bake it for about 75 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool completely.

IMG_0783 Wrap the cake thoroughly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and place in a cake tin or plastic bag. Brush the cake periodically (once or twice a week) with brandy until Christmas. This cake will keep several weeks or it can be frozen.

I personally prefer a dark richer Fruit cake , but that will have to be a story for another day.