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Baileys Christmas Cake

A four ingredient traditional Christmas cake that is deliciously moist and rich. And it’s super stress-free to make.

Prep time:   10 mins
Bake time: 120 mins

Total time:  130 mins


  • 1 kg mixed dried fruit either a bag of mixed dried fruit, or your own combination of fruits and/or nuts
  • 395 g tin sweetened condensed milk
  • ¾ cup Baileys Irish cream
  • 300 g Self raising flour


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the mixed dried fruit, sweetened condensed milk and Baileys Irish cream, along with ½ cup of water.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight *see notes
  • After soaking the fruit, remove it from the fridge and stir again. Let it sit until it comes to room temperature
  • While the mixture comes to room temperature, preheat your oven to 150°C/300°F, then spray your 20cm cake tin and line it with baking paper.
  • Add the self-raising flour to the fruit mixture and fold through until combined
  • Pour batter into prepared cake tin and smooth over with a silicone spatula or offset spatula
  • Wrap a double strip of brown paper around the outside of the cake tin and secure it with kitchen string *see notes
  • Bake the cake for 2 hours, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean
  • Remove cake from the oven and allow it to cool inside the tin. Once cooled, it can be wrapped in the baking paper and then 2 layers of tightly wrapped foil.
  • Cake can be eaten straight away, or stored sealed in paper and foil for a few months


  • soaking the fruit:  the mixture can be soaked overnight or longer.  I soak my cake for around a week and make it whenever I get a chance.
  • brown paper used as a collar around your fruit cake tin prevents the cake from drying out during the long cooking time.  You can use a peg or clip to hold the paper onto the tin while you tie the kitchen string.  Be sure to remove the peg after tying the string

Decorating your Christmas Cake

  • I like to keep my cake simple and just tie a Christmas ribbon around it
  • use fondant or gingerbread figures to decorate, or cover the cake with fondant.
  • insert rosemary sprigs (upside down) to create Christmas trees, then dust with icing sugar for snow

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