Last-minute Christmas loaf cake cut into slices and served with a cup of tea

Last-minute Christmas loaf cake

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins Plus 2 hrs soaking


Serves 10

Unexpected guests and no Christmas cake to serve? This last-minute loaf tastes as if it had been made in November. Decorate with a snow shower of icing sugar

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal518
  • fat17g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs67g
  • sugars52g
  • fibre4g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 200g raisins and sultanas
  • 50g sour cherries
  • 100g dried figs, chopped
  • 150g mixed peel
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 250ml brandy



    Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…

  • 115g butter, plus extra melted for the tin



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 115g muscovado sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten



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  • 120g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 60g brioche crumbs
  • 40g chopped pecans and pistachios
  • ½ tsp ground mace
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • icing sugar, to serve (optional)


  1. Tip the fruit and peel into a bowl with the orange juice and zest and 150ml of the brandy. Stir well, then leave in a warm place for 2 hrs for the fruit to plump up.

  2. Heat oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 4. Brush a 900g loaf tin with the melted butter, then line with baking parchment. Beat the muscovado sugar and butter until light and fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time. Mix in the fruit and the rest of the ingredients except for the remaining brandy and icing sugar. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin, put the tin in a deep tray and bake for 1 hr 15 mins-1 hr 30 mins or until a skewer prodded in comes out clean. Remove from the oven and immediately pour over the brandy (this makes it easier for the cake to soak it up). Leave to cool, then dust with icing sugar, if using.

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21st Dec, 2017
An easy recipe to follow which makes a lovely moist loaf cake. I made it Gluten free using Doves GF flour & substituted the brioche crumbs for GF white breadcrumbs. Instead of pouring brandy over the cooked loaf I used apple juice - more suitable for children!! Drizzle with icing before serving!
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