Christmas Food; Last Minute Christmas Cake

You know how it is, you haven’t had time to bake a Christmas cake but you don’t want a shop brought one but its far too late to make a cake.  Wrong.  With this easy to bake recipe this moist fruit  cake will be the centerpiece of your Christmas tea spread.  This cake can even be left until the day before to cook.


1 x 400g (approximately) jar luxury mincemeat
50g glace cherries, quartered
175g dried mixed fruit
225g self-raising flour
3 level teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1½ level teaspoons mixed spice
150g spreadable butter
150g dark muscovado sugar
3 large eggs
50g Brazil nuts, roughly chopped
50g mixed chopped nuts
zest of 1 small orange and 1 small lemon
18 walnut halves, 18 pecan halves, 20 whole Brazils
Mix flour, baking powder, salt and spices in a large mixing bowl.
Beat butter and sugar together
beat eggs in another bowl
Slowly add eggs and flour to the butter and egg mixture until you have a smooth batter
add all the other ingrdients and mix well
Grease a 20cm tin and line with greaeproof paper
Add the cake mix and cook in a pre heated oven (gas 3, 170) for around 2 hours
Allow to cool
Spread melted apricot jam over the cake
Add marzipan and icing if required
It really is that simple!


  1. 27th December 2016 / 8:16 AM

    This looks delicious and would ne perfect for christmas tea, I like the fact that it can be made at short notice.

  2. 27th December 2016 / 10:26 PM

    It looks delicious! Much better that a shop bought version!

  3. 28th December 2016 / 12:32 AM

    This looks yummy and sounds easy to make. May have a go for New Year’s Day x

  4. Cat
    29th December 2016 / 12:45 PM

    This cake always tastes so delicious. Not normally a fan of fruit cake but this one is so tasty

  5. 1st January 2017 / 3:45 PM

    Oh wow this cake sounds great and not just for Christmas!!! Love a good fruit packed cake – going to bookmark this recipe

    Laura x

  6. 10th December 2017 / 2:34 PM

    Perfect timing, I was looking for a good cake recipe – will be my first Christmas cake – hopefully I will manage !
    Fingers crossed.

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