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Monday, December 01, 2008


500 grams refined flour or maida

300 grams soft brown sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons spice powder

500 grams mixed dried fruits (equal quantities of currants, raisins and sultanas) chopped well and soaked in rum before hand

100 grams chopped orange / lemon peel

500 grams butter

3 eggs beaten well

4 tablespoons milk

½ teaspoon baking powder

Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and spice powder in a bowl. Add the fruit, orange / lemon peel and brown sugar and mix well. Add the butter and mix with a fork. Add the beaten eggs and milk and mix well to give a stiff consistency. Pour the mixture into a greased and papered cake tin and smoothen the top. Bake in a moderately hot oven for about 1 hour or till the cake is cooked and the top turns brown. Turn out and cool

To prepare the Almond Icing, soak the 300 grams almonds in water overnight then grind to a thick paste. Add 500 grams Icing sugar, 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon almond essence and 2 tablespoons lime juice and cook with a little water in a heavy bottom pan till it solidifies. Remove from heat and cool. Knead it into a stiff ball.

To prepare the Royal Icing sift 200 grams icing sugar into a bowl. Beat two egg whites then fold them into the sugar. Add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and ½ teaspoon vanilla essence. Mix to a stiff consistency.

Brush the cake with a layer of Jam or Egg white to help the icing stick to the cake. Add a thin layer of the Almond icing over the cake, pressing it gently to cover the whole cake. Using a flat spatula dipped in water spread the Royal icing over the layer of Almond icing. Decorate the cake as desired


  1. bridget could u share one more secret please-there are a lot of us who desperately try to get our christmas cake that dark-almost black colour but it never happens, how do we get that fablous dark colour? it is not with burnt sugar as many say-i have tried but it just turns brown not that blackish brown, please please-linda.

  2. Ren, use the very black raisins and soak in Rum for longer. The longer you soak the black raisins the darker your cake. I also use burnt sugar to darken my cake and the secret is to burn the sugar with a little Date syrup. Date syrup is easily available in the shops. All the best for the festive season

  3. Try using burnt sugar made with dark brown sugar & some gravy browning which is tasteless but helps with the colour.