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Dark Rich Christmas Cake Recipe

Dark Rich Christmas Cake Ingredients

  • Dark Rich Christmas Cake Recipe
    Dark Rich Christmas Cake Recipe

    6 cups sultana raisins

  • 3 cups dried currants
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 6 cups raisins
  • 3 cups candied mixed citrus peel
  • 1/2 pound candied cherries
  • 2 cups almonds
  • 2 cups butter
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 12 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup grape juice
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee

How to make Dark Rich Christmas Cake

  • Wash and dry the raisins and the currants. Wash, dry, pit, and chop the dates. Chop the raisins and the citrus peel. Slice the cherries. Blanch the almonds, and slice them lengthwise. Combine fruits and nuts in large bowl.
  • Grease and line 3 standard Christmas cake pans (these round pans are at least 3 inches deep and come in a set of three sizes- 5, 7, and 9 inch across) with 4 layers of heavy waxed paper, or 3 layers of brown paper. Grease again. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices onto a piece of waxed paper. Remove 1 cup of this flour mixture, and combine with fruit and nuts. Mix until fruit is well coated.
  • Cream the butter until fluffy. Add extracts. Gradually add sugar, mixing until creamy. Beat egg yolks until light and lemon-colored, and beat into the butter mixture. Stir in the molasses, and beat together well. Add half of the remaining flour mixture, and blend thoroughly.
  • Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry; fold into batter. Stir in lightly the remaining flour mixture alternately with combined fruit juice and coffee. Add floured fruit and nuts, blending in until fruit is well distributed.
  • Turn batter into prepared cake tins, filling each about 2/3 full and spreading batter evenly. Bake in center of oven. Bake small cake 2 1/2 hours, medium cake 3 1/2 hours, and large cake 4 to 4 1/2 hours. Remove from oven and allow to stand 5 minutes, then turn out on wire rack to cool.
  • Dark Rich Christmas Cake is ready to serve.

Serivngs: 12

Traditional Christmas Cake Recipe

Traditional Christmas Cake Ingredients

  • Traditional Christmas Cake Recipe
    Traditional Christmas Cake Recipe

    2 cups Sunbeam Sultanas

  • 1 cup Sunbeam Currants
  • 1 cup chopped Sunbeam Raisins
  • 1/2 cup halved Winn Red Glace Cherries
  • 1/2 cup Winn Mixed Citrus Peel
  • 1/3 cup rum
  • 250g butter, chopped
  • 1 cup CSR Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 4 eggs
  • 100g Nestle Plaistowe Dark Cooking Chocolate, melted
  • 2 tbs apricot jam
  • 2 cups White Wings Plain Flour
  • 2 tsp MasterFoods Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp MasterFoods Mixed Spice
  • 125g Lucky Slivered Almonds
  • 50g Nestle Plaistowe Dark Cooking Chocolate, melted, extra
  • 50g Nestle Plaistowe Premium White, melted
  • Icing sugar, to dust

How to make Traditional Christmas Cake

  • Combine sultanas, currants, raisins, cherries, peel and rum in a large bowl, cover, and stand for 1 hour or until ready to use.
  • Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease and line base and sides of a round 23cm (base measurement) deep cake pan with two layers each of brown paper and baking paper.
  • Place butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and beat until light and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in chocolate and jam.
  • Add creamed mixture to fruit mixture with sifted flour, cinnamon, mixed spice and almonds, and mix well.
  • Spoon mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 2 1/2 -3 hours or until cooked. Cover cake and allow to cool in pan overnight.
  • Place 2 sheets of baking paper on a flat surface. Spread thinly and evenly with extra dark chocolate on one and white chocolate on the other. Set aside to cool. When almost set, cut out stars with pastry cutters. Place in the fridge until completely set. Dust cake with icing sugar and decorate with stars to serve.
  • Traditional Christmas Cake is ready to serve.

Preparation Time 25 minutes
Cooking Time 180 minutes
Serve: 50