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Christmas Fruit Cake

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A slice of moist, rich fruit cake is synonymous with the Christmas feast. Get the jump on your Christmas baking by making this festive whisky-soaked fruit cake now. Wrap it well and it will be perfect to serve, or give as a gift, during the Advent!
Orignal recipe calls for using a 22cmx7cm round cake pan and baked at 160C/320F for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. I am using a 26cm springform pan and it took about 85 minutes for the cake to be done. For the fruit, I used a mixture of dried apricots, currants and golden raisins, but any blend of dried fruit (dried cranberries, glacé cherries, or dried figs) would work beautifully. I also decorate the cake with an extra layer of blanched almonds.

  • Melted slightly butter, to grease
  • 700 g Dried mixed fruit (I used a mixture of apricots, currants, golden raisins)
  • 125 ml Whiskey (rum or brandy)
  • 280 g White spelt flour, sifted
  • 1+1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 250 g Butter, at room temperature
  • 150 g Sugar
  • 4 Medium eggs, at room-temperature
  • 120 g Walnuts, toasted, chopped
  • 100 g White chocolate, chopped
  • 45 g Desiccated coconut
  • 200 g Blanch almonds
  1. Put all the dried fruit in a large bowl, the pour over the whiskey. Stir, cover and leave to soak overnight.
  2. The next day, preheat oven to 160C/320F. Grease a deep 22-26 cm round cake pan with melted butter. Line base and side with baking paper. Sift the spelt flour, baking powder and salt together.
  3. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture along with walnuts, white chocolate, and coconut. Stir until combined. Stir in the rehydrated fruit along with the soaking liquid.
  4. Spoon the batter into prepared pan and smooth the surface. Arrange the almonds over the top of the cake. Bake for 1 hour and 25-30 minutes or until a small knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cover cake with foil then set aside overnight in pan to cool completely.

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© 2022 |


Marcelle 2/12/22 21:03

Angie, this looks like the most delicious fruit cake ever! I've never made one for myself, but I'm going to have to give your recipe a try this season! Thank you! 🎄🎁

Brian 2/12/22 23:45

Fruitcake always gets such a bad rap, that looks good to me!

My name is Erika. 3/12/22 00:38

I think this looks yummy, but so many Americans don't like fruit cakes.

The Happy Whisk 3/12/22 00:48

I love the add of the almonds on the top. Fun design and fun to shoot the images. Very cool. Happy Weekend and boogie boogie.

Tom 3/12/22 02:08

...typically I'm not a fruit cake fan, but this looks great.

roentare 3/12/22 03:11

It looks so moist to taste. I would love that on my Xmas eve

J.P. Alexander 3/12/22 03:40

Gracias por la receta. Te mando un beso.

Anonymous 3/12/22 04:26

That is one beautiful cake! Who gets to eat all these wonderful things that you bake?

gluten Free A_Z Blog 3/12/22 04:27

@AnonymousIt's Judee from Gluten Free A-Z with the comment above

Margaret D 3/12/22 05:51

It does look nice. We hardly ever eat fruitcake, personally I don't mind it, other members of the family don't.

Graciela Bacino 3/12/22 06:14

Muchas gracias Angie! Me encanta. Es viable y delicioso!!

Mbul Kecil 3/12/22 07:15

Yummy! It's looks fancy for special day in December. Congrats Angie. You are a talented baker ^^

Veronica Lee 3/12/22 08:06

I love fruit cake and yours looks sublime, Angie.
Have a great weekend!

Lola Martínez 3/12/22 09:13

Nos gusta mucho el pastel con frutas, pero me ha sorprendido la cantidad de tiempo que lo tienes en el horno, imagino es porque está a muy poca temperatura. Te ha quedado precioso.
Un beso.

The Yum List 3/12/22 11:17

It's that time of year again!

Anonymous 3/12/22 15:31

Fruitcake always remind me of those horrible little dry bricks we were gifted in the eighties but this recipe puts fruitcake on a new level! Whiskey-soaked is definitely festive! Anyone would be thrilled to get a slice or a whole cake!

jesus alvarez 3/12/22 15:41

Tiene un aspecto fantastico y sugerente, igual me animo y hago algo parecido, saludos.

Laura. M 3/12/22 16:43

Que rica se ve.
Buen fin de semana.
Un abrazo.

David 3/12/22 17:25

Angie, Beautiful...but not something that either of us enjoy. Fruitcake seems kind of overwhelming to us. An acquired taste for sure. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Balvinder 3/12/22 17:54

This looks like the perfect wrap up to a Christmas dinner or for breakfast next day.

Cooking Julia 3/12/22 17:56

What a gorgeous cake, so moist and flavorful, perfect for the holiday season!

Rainbow Evening 3/12/22 18:08

never seen this kind of cake.... must be delicious....
Thank you for sharing recipe

eileeninmd 3/12/22 20:12

Hello Angie,
Your fruit cake looks delicious. Nothing like the fruit cakes I remember as a kid.
Thanks for sharing. Take care, have a happy new week!

wattoote 3/12/22 20:21

I really love christmas cake that remind me my year as an au pair during christmas time

DEZMOND 3/12/22 20:35

Looks gorgeous and wonderfully festive, I'd take rum in anything LOL

Bill 3/12/22 21:59

Yes, that looks yummy. I love fruitcake.

Frank | Memorie di Angelina 3/12/22 22:08

Looks so lovely, a veritable work of art! You know, fruitcakes are a bit "controversial" in the US. But I have no idea why. I think they're delicious.

Simone 4/12/22 08:40

Making a fruitcake like this has been on my wish list for years now! I guess this is a sign I should actually go and make one now. Looks so good!

Jeff the Chef 4/12/22 16:09

I like the texture of your cake. It doesn't look as dense as many fruitcakes.

Velva- Evening with a Sandwich 4/12/22 16:13

Now this is a fruitcake! Wow. Beautiful.

Marcepanowy Kącik 4/12/22 16:34

To ciasto bogate w migdaly wygląda pysznie.

foodtravelandwine 4/12/22 21:17

What a wonderful Christmas cake!!!...I want 2 slices please!!!.....Abrazotes, Marcela

tigerfish 5/12/22 17:22

Have not had traditional classic alcohol-infused Xmas cake for a long time. Nowadays family and friends prefer lighter version of fruit cake (or bread) such as panettone. You upped the classic again with magic touch - this time with extra layer of blanched almonds.

Raymund 8/12/22 03:04

I am not a fan of fruitcake but this one looks really good, I would definitely love to try that

bread&salt 12/12/22 20:29

Amazing combination and looks perfect.

Anonymous 13/12/22 19:31

That looks like my kind of fruit cake, not to heavy, lovely and moist and soaked in whisky. What's not to love?
Choclette x

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews 13/12/22 19:47

This is definitely not like a traditional English Christmas cake would look like! It would be about twice the thickness and stodginess, much darker in colour, covered in a layer of marzipan, then a very thick layer of hard Royal icing. That's why we seldom buy it, or eat it at anyone else's house, as it is just far too heavy after a meal - long after a meal!

Your recipe sounds so much more digestible and it looks lovely and light and moist, even I would be able to manage a slice - or two? :)


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