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Classic Christmas Cake

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This traditional Christmas Cake is perfect for a family gathering or to share with friends.
Classic Christmas Cake

A classic Christmas cake is a rich, moist fruit cake and is traditionally served as part of the festive meal.

It has its roots in the Victorian era where it was created by cooking fruitcake with alcohol, butter, sugar and eggs. Traditionally, it’s made up of dried fruit, candied peel and nuts with a rich syrup.

It has a rich, moist, dense, and fruity flavor. The cake contains raisins and currants, giving it an almost fruity taste. This combination of flavors makes it perfect for any festive occasion.

Classic Christmas Cake

Classic Christmas Cake
5 from 3 votes

Classic Christmas Cake Recipe

This traditional Christmas Cake is perfect for a family gathering or to share with friends.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, British

Ingredients for Classic Christmas Cake

  • 100 g Plain Flour
  • 150 g Raisins
  • 150 g Sultanas
  • 50 g Dried Apricots chopped
  • 500 g Dried Figs chopped
  • 100 ml Sweet Wine
  • Zest of 1 Orange finely grated
  • 60 g Butter unsalted
  • 100 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg large, beaten
  • 30 to 40 g Honey mixed with a little water
  • 1 tsp Mixed Spice Powder
  • a pinch Clove Powder
  • 100 g Walnuts coarsely chopped

How to make Classic Christmas Cake

  • Add the dried fruits to a large bowl.
  • Pour the wine and add the orange zest.
  • Cover and keep aside for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Add the beaten eggs and honey.
  • Mix until combined.
  • Add the flour, clove powder and mixed spices.
  • Add the soaked fruits and nuts.
  • Mix well.
  • Transfer to a greased cake tin lined with parchment paper.
  • Place the tin into a preheated oven at 150C and bake for 2 1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove and cool.
  • Cut into slices and serve.
  • Stays good for a few days if stored in an airtight container.


To make mixed spice powder, combine Cinnamon 1/4 tbsp, Cloves 1/8 tbsp, Coriander seeds 1/4 tsp , Nutmeg 1/4 small, Mace 1 and Dry ginger powder 1/4 tsp.
Grind them to a fine powder.
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar
Praveen Kumar founded Awesome Cuisine, a platform created in 2008 to showcase India's vibrant culinary heritage. A digital marketer by profession and a passionate food lover, Praveen has been exploring the world of food since his school days. With Awesome Cuisine, he combines his expertise in digital marketing with his deep love for food, sharing delicious recipes and inspiring others to appreciate the joy of cooking. Through Awesome Cuisine, he invites you to join him on a flavorful journey and discover the wonders of Indian cuisine.


Adrian December 24, 2022 - 3:18 pm

why does the recipe appear to not mention the size of the cake tin?

Asha June 21, 2022 - 11:08 pm

Kindly post a video of classic Christmas cake

Havovi Minwalla December 2, 2017 - 1:06 am

What is mixed spice and can you write in ounce please …


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