ENGLISH CHRISTMAS CAKE

Ingredients:

  • 1lb 2oz / 510g Currents

  • 8oz / 225g Raisins

  • 8oz / 225g Sultanas

  • 4oz / 110g Mixed Peel

  • 6oz / 170g Chopped Cherries

  • 10oz / 280g Flour

  • 10oz / 280g Butter

  • 10oz / 280g Dark Sugar

  • Lemon Rind Grated

  • 1tsp Cinnamon

  • 1tsp Mixed Spice*

  • 6 Eggs

  • 3tbsp Brandy

  • Pinch of Salt

  • Marzipan (Almond Paste)

  • Soft Icing

* (English) Mixed Space is made from equal quantities of cinnamon, coriander seed, caraway, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice and mace.

​Make a few week / months before Christmas.

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together well in a bowl.

  2. Mix butter, sugar and lemon rind together until fluffy, then add eggs.

  3. Mix this and the dry ingredients together.

  4. Finally add brandy.

  5. Add to 9 inch / 23cm cake tin.

  6. Cook in oven at 300˚F for 4 hours.

  7. Store until a few weeks before Christmas.

  8. Cover cake, sides and top, with marzipan.

  9. The following day cover the cake, sides and top, with soft icing.

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