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A celebration of Christmas never will be complete without baking the traditional classic Christmas cake. Even though it might look complicated, if you get the right quantity of ingredients and follow the recipe rightly, it is quite easy. Get more information about baking and decorating here. There are countless Christmas cake recipes, but if you really wish to bake a delicious traditional cake, then follow the recipe here.

Ingredients used

  • Black currants- 3 and a half cups
  • Golden raisins- 1 and a half cups
  • Raisins- 1 and a half cups
  • Mixed candied peel- /4 cup or 110 gms
  • Glace cherries- 1 cup
  • Plain flour- 3 and 1/3 cup
  • Salt – one pinch
  • Mixed spice- ½ teaspoon
  • Ground cinnamon- ½ teaspoon
  • Freshly ground nutmeg- ½ teaspoon
  • Butter slightly softened- 300 gms
  • Soft brown sugar- 1 and 1/3 cup
  • Lemon zest- ½
  • Large eggs- 6 (lightly beaten)
  • Brandy – 3 tablespoons

Preparation

You need to first heat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature should be low as this cake requires slow, long bake.  It is packed with fruits, brandy, and sugar and if the temperature gets very high, the outer part of the cake gets burnt easily while the inside part will remain undercooked.

Line a cake pan or 9-inch size using greaseproof or parchment paper.  You could tie a newspaper or brown paper around the outside of the pan. It will act as the insulator so that the cake will not get burnt from outside.

In a large bowl mix the flour, spices and salt with raisins, currants, cherries, and peel.  In a different bowl, you could cream the butter along with sugar till it gets fluffy and light. Into the butter mixture, you could add the egg that is already lightly beaten. You need to add the eggs a little bit and then beat the mixture. Continue the process until the egg is mixed well. You should take your time to complete the process and never rush it as it might curdle the mixture.

Now carefully fold half of the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Once incorporated, add the remaining flour. Lastly, add the brandy. Spoon the batter into the cake pan and ensure that there is no air pocket.

Bake the cake in the oven for 4 hours. Once the cake is done, remove it from pan and allow it too cool.