Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe

Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe

This recipe makes a rich fruit cake that is perfect for every occasion. Weddings, Christenings and other Celebrations as well as for the traditional English Christmas Cake. Or any other excuse you can think of.

Rich Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe

We used this recipe at Party Animal for over 20 years. It never failed to get a good response.

It is best to bake the cake several months before use so that it matures and the flavours develop. The recipe below is for an 8″ square / 9″ round cake approximately 3″ deep. I’m a little late posting this up this year but get our PDF Downloaded ready for next year.


  • 295g raisins
  • 295g sultanas
  • 280g currants
  • 145g dried apricots
  • 175g glace cherries
  • 100g mixed peel (some people leave this out but as long as it is
    well soaked it adds an extra ‘bite’ to the mix)
  • 100g chopped nuts (I personally use a mix of almond nibs, almond
    flakes and chopped walnuts)
  • 12ml finely grated lemon rind
  • 35ml fresh lemon juice
  • 60ml brandy (we use what we know as soaking mix – 2 parts
    sherry: 1 part rum: 1 part brandy – a perfect mix for flavour and
    alcohol content is unimportant as that will burn off during cooking
    – that’s why you can use this even for teetotallers!)
  • 325g dark brown sugar
  • 325g butter
  • 30ml treacle (I prefer to use a 50:50 mix of black treacle and
    golden syrup)
  • 5 eggs
  • 20ml (4tspn) mixed spice
  • 70g ground almonds
  • 370g plain flour


1. Chop the apricots finely and the cherries to taste – I like to have some large pieces of cherry in the mix.

2. Add all the fruit to a bowl along with the lemon juice and rind, chopped nuts, and soaking mix and cover

3. Leave for at least 3-4 days (up to about 1 week is fine) to allow the fruit to soak up the liquid. Shake or stir occasionally to make sure all the fruit gets soaked thoroughly.

4. Line a greased tin with a double layer of greaseproof paper and grease well.

5. Mix together the sugar, butter, eggs, treacle, spice, almonds and flour and then stir in the soaked fruit and any juice that is left.

6. Fill tins and smooth mixture with a damp spoon. (A good trick to make sure the mix is even is to bang the tins down a few times which should remove any air pockets.)

7. Bake in a preheated oven at approx 140°C. For about 3 – 3½ hours.

8. To test – press surface of cake lightly – it should feel firm to the touch. Take out cake and listen to it! If it sings (whistles) it is not quite ready so pop back in for a minute or two.

Try using our high quality Renshaws Marzipan and Sugarpaste to add the finishing touches to this tasty Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe. Don’t think you are limited to just having fruit cake at Christmas either… it’s perfect for any special occasion.

If you liked this recipe, try our yummy super Rich Chocolate Cake Recipe.


  1. I have used this recipe for my daughters wedding cake it went down a dream and I have continued to use it for Christmas cake for people who are teetotal I use apple juice instead of Brandy and it works very well.

    1. Hi Margaret, I’ll pop a grams to ounces converter up on the blog soon but in the meantime if you search a converter on google you will be able to convert the recipe yourself via that. For the 12ml measurements we have always had ml measuring spoons, they usually come in 2ml, 5ml, 10ml as a set. You should be able to get them from most big supermarkets. Thanks for reading 🙂 x

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