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On the glorious occasion, people indulge in preparing mouthwatering dishes and relishing on them and when it comes to feasting and relishing, what better can you think of than a scrumptious and luscious cake.Prepared a day or two before the Christmas day, this cake is generally served along with custard or double cream.


Makes one 23 cm / 9 in cake
Butter or margarine, softened
: 150 g/5 oz
Soft brown sugar
: 150 g/5 oz
: 3
Black treacle (molasses)
: 30 ml/2 tbsp
Self-raising flour
: 225 g/8 oz/2 cups
Ground mixed (apple-pie) spice
: 10 ml/2 tsp
Grated nutmeg
: 2.5 ml/0.5 tsp
Baking soda
: 2.5 ml/0.5 tsp
Mixed dried fruit (fruit cake mix)
: 450 g/1 lb
Glace (candied) cherries
: 50 g/2 oz
Chopped mixed peel
: 50 g/2 oz
Chopped mixed nuts
: 50 g/2 oz
: 30 ml/2 tbsp
Additional brandy to mature the cake
: (optional)

Special Christmas Cake


  • Cream together the butter or margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and treacle, then fold in the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda.
  • Gently stir in the fruit, mixed peel and nuts, then stir in the brandy.
  • Spoon into a base-lined 23 cm/9 in microwave dish and microwave on Low for 45-60 minutes.
  • Leave to cool in the dish for 15 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • When cool, wrap the cake in foil and store in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks. If liked, pierce the top of the cake several times with a thin skewer and sprinkle over some additional brandy, then re-wrap and store the cake. You can do this several times to create a richer cake.