The Ultimate Christmas Cake Recipe

Over the past few years I have gotten into making my very own Christmas cakes. Last year I made one. This year I’m attempting two! I always use the same easy Christmas cake recipe. I’m not sure how I came about it. I think over the years I have added my own bits to it. Now it really is the ultimate easy cake recipe. I think the most effort needed is to weigh out all the ingredients.

The Ultimate Christmas cake recipe

Easy Christmas Cake Recipe

Ingredients for your Ultimate Christmas Cake

  • 525g Currents
  • 225g Sultanas
  • 225g Raisins
  • 110g Mixed Candied peel finely chopped
  • 165g Glace Cherries halved
  • 300g Plain Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 300g Butter
  • 300g Soft Brown Sugar
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 6 Large eggs
  • 3 tbsp Brandy


  • Line your cake tin on the inside with 2 thicknesses of greaseproof paper. Not forgetting the bottom of the tin.
  • Fix a double band of greaseproof paper around the outside of the cake tin. I used a tiny piece of sellotape to keep the paper on the tin. Please be careful as obviously plastic and a hot oven don’t mix!

Lining the cake tin with greaseproof paper

  • Weigh out all the ingredients

Weighing out all the dried fruit for the christmas cake

  • Sieve the flour as you weigh it out.

Weighing out the plain flour

  • Mix all the dried fruit with the flour, salt and spices.

Mixing the dried fruit with the flour

I love the smell of the spices…..mmmm Christmas!

Christmas Cake spices

  • Make sure the fruit and flour mix are completely incorporated

Dried fruit and flour mixed

  • Weigh out the softened butter and sugar.

Butter and dark soft brown sugar ready to be creamed together

  • In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar together.
  • Stir in lemon zest.
  • Add beaten egg a little at a time.

Cream butter and sugar adding beaten egg a little at a time

  • Fold in half flour and fruit mixture, once incorporated add remaining fruit and flour.

folding in flour and dried fruit into butter, sugar and egg mixture

  • Add in the brandy.

raw christmas cake mixture

  • Add cake mixture to the lined tin.
  • Make a small dip in the centre of the mixture to get a level surface.

cake mixture added to lined cake tin

  • Add double layer of baking paper to top of the cake mixture.
  • Place in Oven at 150 degrees for 4 and 1/2 hours.

cake mixture in tin covered in double layer of greaseproof paper

  • Leave the cake in the tin to cool for an hour once removed from the oven
  • Once cool prick the cake all over and using a spoon dribble brandy over the top of the cake.

If like me you love a boozy moist Christmas cake, feed every couple of weeks leading up to Christmas.

Now you have got to this point you may be wondering, well I want to see the cake now it’s baked. Sorry to disappoint but it’s still in all its wrapping being fed brandy. So what I will show you is how I iced last years cake, but if you want to see this years cake you will have to pop back a few days before Christmas for the update!

(Excuse the photo quality it was my old iPhone)

Icing the Christmas Cake

  • Cover the cake in a thin layer of apricot jam with a pastry brush
  • Roll out the marzipan (I aim for a thickness of 0.5cm) and cover the cake


  • Leave the marzipan covered cake to set for a day before covering over with the rolled out soft icing. (again I aim for a thickness of 0.5cm but it’s up to you)


  • Decorate how you wish!


There you have it! The Ultimate Christmas Cake recipe.

Have you made a Christmas Cake this year?

As always I love to hear your thoughts.

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

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  1. 5th January 2017 / 1:34 pm

    Ooo I do love Christmas cake! I hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas and New Year! #KCACOLS

  2. 2nd January 2017 / 10:04 am

    Looks great, I also make one every year but I’m not a fan of it, I just like the smell ????, I give it to my parents. This year I made two as we decided to do a Christmas bake sale at work for Macmillan and it went down a treat x #KCACOLS

  3. 2nd January 2017 / 9:53 am

    Looks very impressive, I just wish I like Christmas cake. We had a homemade salted caramel chelse cake this year, was yum xx #KCACOLS

  4. 28th December 2016 / 3:27 pm

    Looks gorgeous – I hope it was tasty! #KCACOLS

  5. 24th December 2016 / 4:04 pm

    This looks delicious! I love Christmas cake but I’ve never made it myself. My mum always used to make one, but since I haven’t been in the UK for Christmas for several years it’s been ages since I tasted it. Maybe next year I’ll be brave and organised enough to try your recipe! #KCACOLS

  6. 24th December 2016 / 10:20 am

    Oh yummy! I’ve never made a Christmas cake! I wanted to this year but time just got away from me (a rubbish excuse!). Hope it tastes as good as it looks! #kcacols

  7. 23rd December 2016 / 10:21 pm

    Looks amazing! This year is the first year I haven’t actually made a Christmas cake. Next year maybe I’ll be more organised! #KCACOLS

  8. 23rd December 2016 / 11:49 am

    That looks so cute! I’ll have to give this a try!! #KCACOLS

  9. 22nd December 2016 / 10:35 pm

    I love baking, but the one time I made a Christmas cake it was a disaster and I was gutted after all that hard work and all those ingredients! Yours looks absolutely great! Well done! #KCACOLS

  10. 22nd December 2016 / 8:56 pm

    I love christmas cake, its one of my faves. Great looking recipe:)

  11. 22nd December 2016 / 8:35 pm

    I’m really not a fan of Christmas cake, or any kind of fruit cake if I’m honest. But your recipe looks really good, and actually makes it look quite simple. For some reason I always thought Christmas cakes were hard work to make! Probably because you’re always told to make them so far ahead of Christmas. x #KCACOLS

  12. 21st December 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Wow – looks amazing – you lead us through it very well. Maybe next year we’ll give it a try here! #KCACOLS

  13. 20th December 2016 / 7:56 pm

    looks yummy I bet it’s delicious

  14. 20th December 2016 / 12:35 pm

    Looks delicious! I’m not sure that I’m brave enough to make a cake (my Mum makes a mean one) but maybe one day I’ll give it a go #KCACOLS

  15. 20th December 2016 / 11:58 am

    Rachel I love your tutorial! I’ve never been brave enough to try to make a Christmas cake! maybe next year… #KCACOLS

  16. 20th December 2016 / 11:49 am

    We are not fan’s of Christmas cake but yours does look pretty and easy to make! #KCACOLS

  17. 20th December 2016 / 9:45 am

    YUM! I love Christmas cake but nobody else in our house likes it so I end up having to eat it all myself. I’ve been gluten free for 18 months so haven’t had Christmas cake for a while! #KCACOLS

  18. 20th December 2016 / 12:41 am

    I’m impressed! And hungry now!!! Great and easy to follow instructions, thanks! Have a happy Christmas, Rachel! #Kcacols

  19. 19th December 2016 / 9:39 pm

    So happy that I read this! I have been looking for a good Christmas cake recipe and this one looks delish! #KCACOLS

  20. 19th December 2016 / 12:18 pm

    It doesn’t look too hard at all! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas! #KCACOLS

  21. 19th December 2016 / 6:09 am

    I adore Christmas cake, I’m always going to make it early and soak t in brandy each week, but as usual it is still on the to do list as a last minute thing for this week!

  22. 18th December 2016 / 10:46 pm

    I have to admit that I absolutely hate xmas cake. lol BUT my husband LOVES it – so this recipe comes in handy! 😀


  23. 18th December 2016 / 10:42 pm

    I love baking a Christmas cake, it always smells great! For some reason this year I stupidly forgot to line the sides of the tin so (I blame the distracting baby) so I have a smaller cake than intended! #KCACOLS

  24. 18th December 2016 / 10:05 pm

    This does sound like the ultimate recipe! Lots of steps but your photos are really good and makes it clear how to do it all. My kitchen is still recovering from building works so no baking for me right now though… #kcacols

  25. 18th December 2016 / 8:51 pm

    I’ve never made a fruit cake, looks lovely so perhaps I should give it a go! #KCACOLS

  26. 18th December 2016 / 8:42 pm

    This looks gorgeous. I love a good fruit cake and have been meaning to try my own! x #kcacols

  27. 18th December 2016 / 8:07 pm

    I only started to like Christmas cake about two years ago and I never host so I have no reason to make it. Maybe one year haha! #KCACOLS

  28. 18th December 2016 / 8:07 pm

    I only started to like Christmas cake about two years ago and I never host so I have no reason to make it. Maybe one year haha!

  29. 18th December 2016 / 6:40 pm

    No huge Christmas cake makes here. I’ve heard many make theirs in the height of summer ready for Christmas! #KCACOLS

  30. 18th December 2016 / 5:21 pm

    I’m a baker but I’ve never made a christmas cake. Probably because I’m not a fan of fruit cake! Maybe I should have a go and give to family members! It looks fairy simple thanks to your recipe. #KCACOLS

  31. 18th December 2016 / 3:18 pm

    Looks very tasty! Your recipe it very similar to the one I use which is my Mum’s that she refined over years of professional cake making. It’s really satisfying making your own cake and everyone seems to enjoy the excitement of me getting it out and cutting it! Hope you enjoy yours xx #KCACOLS

  32. 18th December 2016 / 2:37 pm

    Oh yum! I really should bake more, this looks great!! Have a lovely Christmas!

  33. 18th December 2016 / 12:04 pm

    This looks yummy! I love Christmas cake. All part of the Celebration. I love to make it when I have time. We had fruitcake at our wedding in Germany. The first time many had tried it! #KCACOLS

  34. 18th December 2016 / 12:02 pm

    I’ve never made one and not sure I have time this week. But will bookmark for future ref as you made it look dead easy 🙂 jo x #KCACOLS

  35. 18th December 2016 / 10:48 am

    Wow I bet this tasted as good as it looks! Great recipe – looks really easy to follow. #KCACOLS

  36. 18th December 2016 / 9:02 am

    This looks and sounds so yummy!! #KCACOLS

  37. 18th December 2016 / 8:42 am

    Sounds yummy Rachel! And looks impressive too. Hope it tastes as good as it looks. Claire x #KCACOLS

  38. 18th December 2016 / 4:08 am

    I have never had a “christmas cake…” Is it like fruit cake is in the states? I loved your pictures, made me want to try it! #KCACOLS

  39. 18th December 2016 / 12:21 am

    Ooh this looks great! I’ll admit I’m not a fan of Christmas cake myself, but I’ve made it in the past for family, and it never came out that well. This looks like a really simple recipe to follow! #KCACOLS

  40. 17th December 2016 / 11:43 pm

    My mom makes Bourbon Balls this time of year and I swear they are the BEST thing ever.

    Hooray for Boozy desserts!

  41. 17th December 2016 / 10:45 pm

    It looks delicious. I am not a big fan of Christmas cakes as I find them too sweet, but I am sure those who love cakes, they will find your recipe great! #kcacols

  42. 17th December 2016 / 10:21 pm

    Your cake looks lovely. I have to admit though, I am not that keen on Christmas cake. The boozy bit sounds good hehe x

  43. 17th December 2016 / 10:13 pm

    I love christmas cakes they are so festive, this looks delicious Rachel xx #KCACOLS

  44. 17th December 2016 / 10:09 pm

    Wow! You are a pro! I would never ever bake a Xmas cake… I will buy for sure lol but your looks really yummy! #KCACOLS

  45. 11th December 2016 / 9:03 pm

    I’m not a fan of Christmas cake, I find it’s too heavy and strong for my liking, but yours looks delicious I must admit!

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