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