Light Christmas Cake


serves 24-30
125 g (4 oz) glace cherries
2 oz (50 g) glace pineapple
8 oz (225 g) currants
8 oz (225 g) sultanas (golden raisins)
125 g (4 oz) chopped mixed peel
225 g (1/2 lb) 1 cup butter
3/4 cup (75 g) 3 oz plain flour (All purpose)
finely grated rind of 1 lemon
finely grated rind of 1 orange
1 cup (225 g) 1/2 lb soft brown sugar
1/2 cup (50 g) 2 oz ground almonds
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup (100 g) 4 oz self raising (self rising) flour
2 tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice
3 tbsp (60 ml) brandy
apricot jam, sieved and melted
550 g (1 1/4 lb) marzipan and 1 1/2 lb (700 g) royal Icing


1. Butter and line a 20.5 cm (8 inch) round cake tin.

2. Quarter the cherries, wash if syrupy and dry well. Cut the pineapple into small cubes and mix all the fruit well together with 45 ml (3 level tbsp) plain flour.

3. Whisk the butter, add the lemon and orange rind, the sugar and continue to whisk until pale and fluffy. Stir in the almonds. Beat in the eggs little by little and lastly fold in the remaining sifted flours, fruit, strained lemon juice and brandy.

4. Turn into the prepared tin. Bake in the oven at 170°C (325°F) mark 3 for about 2 1/2 - 3 hours, covering loosely with foil if the top gets too brown. Cool in the tin.

5. Store the cake in an airtight tin for at least 1 month before brushing with apricot glaze and covering with marzipan. Leave to dry then decorate with royal icing.

What did you think?

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Light xmas cake
posted by eileen mc greavie @ 09:55AM, 9/14/10
It was geourgeous not heavy like the traditional cake please try it good luck
Light christmas cake
posted by panasher @ 04:59AM, 11/19/10
I have spent hours searching for this as I used to have this recipe in an old cook book that got lost when we moved.
This is the best christmas cake I have ever made and always get great comments on it. It is a nice light mixture and looks great when it is sliced.
This time Im thinking of soaking the fruit in brandy beforehand to see what a difference, if any it makes.
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