xmas fruit cake

Christmas Cake Inspired by Chelsea NZ

xmas fruit cake

Christmas Cake Inspired by Chelsea NZ

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes


  • 250 grams butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 kg mixed fruit
  • 1 cup sherry
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 4 eggs
  • 450 grams plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp orange zest


  • Method Heat butter, sugar, fruit, spice, baking soda and syrup into a saucepan. Heat over a medium heat till butter melts, stirring often. Allow to cool fully at least an hour. Heat oven to 125 C. Grease 2 x deep 20cm tins, and triple line with baking paper, making sure it extends up the sides beyond the tin. Beat eggs and stir through cooled fruit mix. Sift dry ingredients, fold into fruit mix with orange zest. Spoon into tins, bake for 3-3 ½ hours or until tested with a skewer and it comes out clean. Decorate once cool. Store in an air tight container, dry place. Will keep for at least a year, and stays deliciously moist.
    Undecorated xmas fruit cake

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