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Boozy Christmas Cake

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Introduction

A cake that can be made up to a week before Christmas.

Ingredients

Serves: serves 15ish - depends how thi

  • ½ kilogram raisins
  • 113 grams chopped dried apricots
  • 57 grams cherries
  • 57 grams dried cranberries
  • 113 grams pitted prunes
  • 227 grams golden raisins
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • 3 chopped preserved root ginger balls
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons brandy
  • 4 tablespoons dark rum
  • 4 tablespoons port
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 255 grams butter
  • 255 grams self-raising flour
  • 255 grams turbinado sugar
  • 5 eggs

Method

Boozy Christmas Cake is a community recipe submitted by loup and has not been tested by Nigella.com so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • one week before: Put all the fruits, spices, sugar, vanilla, water and booze into a large pan. Mix over a low heat until the liquid is absorbed. Cool and put into an air tight container for 7 days.
  • After 7 days Preheat oven to gas 1/250/125 Put the flour, sugar, butter and eggs into a bowl and mix until smooth. Add the fruit and mix.
  • Grease a 8 inch loose bottom cake tin and double line with grease proof paper. Pour cake mixture into the tin and cook for approx 3-4 hours.
  • Test with a skewer. Decorate as preferred.
  • Additional Information

    Depending on oven it can take longer/shorter to cook.

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    What 6 Others have said

    • Oops! It should read 1lb of raisins. Fruit juices are a very good alternative. This recipe was done first by my mum and as I'm not a huge fan of fruit cakes this really does make a lovely alternative.

      Posted by loup on 14th November 2014
    • How many ozs is 0.99lb raisins please? Thanks Vivvie

      Posted by on 3rd November 2014
    • I made this cake last Christmas and it was the best fruit cake I've ever tasted. Will definately make one this year.

      Posted by MaccyS on 4th December 2012
    • For this recipe what size tin should I use?

      Posted by Miss K Piggy on 2nd November 2012
    • Please disregard my previous comment I re-read the ingredients list and saw the tine size on the bottom.

      Posted by Miss K Piggy on 3rd November 2012
    • FOR YOUR BOOZY CHRISTMAS CAKE COULD I USE FRESH ORANGE JUICE INSTEAD ? AS I REALLY DONT LIKE THE TASTE OF ALCOHOL , Thankyou for your help .

      Posted by ruth1 on 31st October 2011
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