Traditional Xmas cake

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Total Time:
2 hours
Serves: 6
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Technique: Bake Recipe
Difficulty: Hard

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  • 500 g - refined flour or maida
  • 300 g - soft brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp - salt
  • 2 tsp - spice powder
  • 500 g - mixed dried fruits (equal quantities of currants, raisins and sultanas) chopped well and soaked in rum beforehand
  • 100 g - chopped orange/lemon peel
  • 500 g - butter
  • 3 eggs beaten well
  • 4 tbsp - milk
  • 1/2 tsp - baking powder
  • For almond icing:
  • 300 g almonds
  • 500 g icing sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp almond essence
  • 2 tbsps lime juice
  • For royal icing:
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 tbsps lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

How to Make Traditional Xmas cake

  • Sift the flour, salt, baking powder and spice powder in a bowl.
  • Add the fruit, orange/lemon peel and brown sugar. 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 almonds in water overnight, then grind to a thick paste.
  • Add icing sugar, egg yolk, almond essence and lime juice. Cook with a little water in a heavy bottom pan till it solidifies.
  • Remove from heat and cool.
  • Knead into a stiff ball.
  • To prepare the royal icing: Sift icing sugar into a bowl.
  • Beat egg whites, then fold them into the sugar.
  • Add lemon juice and 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.