Preparing our Christmas Fruit Cake

Last year I participated in a challenge on the Down to Earth forum to make our very own Christmas Cake.  The result was more than pleasing and I was so happy and proud.  A wonderful Australian Women's Weekly recipe which I have kept very close all ready for this year.

Last week I shopped for all of the ingredients so everything is now at home and ready to go.  Today was the day to begin.  

Just as I was finishing mixing this morning I had someone come and install a skylight in our kitchen.  Here was this little bottle of brandy on the bench with only a little bit left.  All I could think was 'not a good look.'  Oh well, gotta have a laugh.

Ingredients for soaking fruit
380g or 2¼ cups raisins, chopped coarsely
480g or 3 cups sultanas
110g or ¾ cup currants
250g or 1 cup red glace cherries, quartered
250g or 1½ cups seed prunes, chopped coarsely
120g or ⅓ cup honey
125ml or ½ cup brandy

Wash and sterilise a large jar. 

Weigh or measure each ingredient and place into a large mixing bowl.  Mix well.

Transfer mixture to prepared jar and store in a dry dark place.  I have ours on a shelf in the pantry.  

Give it a stir every now and then to prevent fruit from drying on top.

Last year I baked the cake a few days before Christmas however this year I would like to do things a little differently.  The plan is to bake on Sunday 10th December.  I will poke a few holes in the top and feed the cake with brandy once a week.

If time allows I would also like to decorate with marzipan and royal icing this year.  Ideally I would like to make my own.  I'll cross that bridge when the time comes. 

I'm really excited about producing another Christmas Fruit Cake after last years success.



  1. It should taste wonderful, Kylie. I have never made a Christmas cake. We don't have that many visitors so would end up eating it ourselves although they do keep a long time apparently.

  2. I look forward to seeing how it turns out.

  3. You are such a busy bee! I'm sure it will be wonderful. I've never made one, either. I think here in America we call them fruitcakes. I used to see them in catalogs. We received one once as a gift, and it was delicious.


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