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PERFECT EVERY TIME CHRISTMAS CAKE

By Linjay (GoodFood Community)
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    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • Fruits can be pre soaked in alcohol such as brandy or rum if desired but not necessary
  • Easy
  • Makes 12 SERVINGS
A dark delicious traditional Christmas Cake incorporating whipped egg whites. This cake rises really well and turns out perfectly every time.
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Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE: -

  • 320g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp each mixed spice, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cloves
  • 240g butter
  • 150g dark brown sugar
  • 120ml black treacle
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda
  • 240g each raisins, sultanas and currants
  • 120g mixed peel
  • 100g chopped glace cherries
  • 100g chopped figs
  • 50g chopped blanched almonds
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon and 1 orange
  • 5 large eggs
  • 200ml milk
  • 3 tbs brandy or rum for feeding the cake

Method

  • STEP 1
    Soften the butter, add the sugar and cream together.
  • STEP 2
    Separate the eggs and slowly beat the yolks into the sugar/butter mix.
  • STEP 3
    Add half the flour and half the fruit and the lemon and orange juice and zests (If mixture is too stiff add a little of the milk).
  • STEP 4
    Add bicarb of soda and remaining flour and fruits plus blanched almonds.
  • STEP 5
    Mix 100ml of the milk with the treacle and add to mix.
  • STEP 6
    Whip egg whites until stiff and add to mix along with any remaining ingredients and the remaining milk.
  • STEP 7
    Tip cake mix into well greased and lined round or square cake tin and bake in oven pre-heated to 150C for 3 1/2 hours or until skewer comes out clean and cake is browned on top.
  • STEP 8
    Allow to cool on wire rack and when almost cool feed with the brandy or rum
  • STEP 9
    When completely cold wrap in fresh greaseproof paper and store in airtight tin in a cool dark place.
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