Traditional Christmas Cake Recipe

Recipe By Slurrp

Did you know that the Christmas cake that we eat today is not like our usual cakes? The Christmas cake transformed from a porridge to a pudding and finally into a cake as we know it today. The upside-down shaped cake was not always this way. It is believed that in medieval England, the tradition of keep onself on a fast in the days preceeding Christmas was quite common. It was during this time that a rich and thick porridge was prepared that would be devoured by the family on Christmas day. This period of abstinence and lack of indulgence formed a line in the stomach to bear the heavy food in the upcoming days. The porridge was then transformed into a rich pudding and eggs, flour and butter replaced oats. Raisins and currants, which were called plums, were added to the mix and it was either boiled or baked. The resultant outcome was referred to as plum cake. A rich Christmas cake (plum cake) is made with a mixture of dry fruits soaked in orange juice.

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Traditional Christmas Cake

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Ingredients for Traditional Christmas Cake Recipe

  • As required Ingredients for dry fruit mixture
  • 1/4 cup Dried figs chopped
  • 1/4 cup Dried apricots chopped
  • 1/4 cup Dried prunes chopped
  • 3/4 cup Dlack raisins chopped
  • 1/4 cup Pitted dates chopped
  • 60 milliliter Fresh orange juice
  • As required Ingredients for cake
  • 1.50 cup Nutralite classic spread softened
  • 3/4 cup Brown sugar
  • 4 No.s Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Dried ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon Clove powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/4 cup Almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Sliced blanched almonds
  • 2 cup All purpose flour
  • As required Soaked dry fruit mixture

Directions: Traditional Christmas Cake Recipe

Steps To Prepare

  • STEP 1.Gather and measure all the ingredients like flour, eggs and baking powder.

Cooking Directions

  • STEP 1.In a mixing bowl, add ¼ cup dried figs chopped, 1/4 cup dried apricots chopped, ¼ cup dried prunes chopped, ¾ cup black raisins chopped, ¼ cup pitted dates chopped. To this, add 60 ml fresh orange juice. Mix well, cover and soak for 2 days.
  • STEP 2.In a stand mixer, add 1 ½ cup softened nutralite classic spread, ¾ cup brown sugar. Add 4 eggs, one at a time till completely combined and fluffy. Then add 1 tsp dried ginger powder, 1 tsp clove powder, 1 tsp cinnamon powder, 1 tsp baking powder, ¼ cup almond meal(almond powder).
  • STEP 3.Beat for a few seconds till combined. Add 1 tsp vanilla extract, ¼ cup sliced blanched almonds, the soaked dry fruit mixture and 2 cups all purpose flour.
  • STEP 4.Beat till all ingredients are well combined and the mixture is fluffy and smooth.
  • STEP 5.To grease the pan, take a springform baking pan, spread nutralite classic spread all round the inside of the pan. Then add in some flour and tap the flour all round so that the flour sticks to the bottom and sides of the pan. To remove excess flour, turn the pan over a tray or the sink and tap it so the extra flour falls out.
  • STEP 6.Next, pour the cake batter into the greased pan and spread the batter all round the pan till the sides.
  • STEP 7.Preheat the oven at 180 degrees celsius for 10 minutes. Then place the pan in the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  • STEP 8.Lightly run the knife around the edges and then release the pan and remove the cake.
  • STEP 9.Cut into wedges and serve.

Storage And Serving Method

  • STEP 1.Cut the cake into thick slices and serve alongside a cup of tea or coffee.
  • STEP 2.For storing the cake, keep in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.
calories per serving
98 g Fat52 g Protein241 g Carbs26 g FiberOther

Current Totals

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  • Carbs
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  • Fat

Vitamins & Minerals

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B2
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B6
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B9
  • Vitamin B12
    < 1mcg
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. All nutritional information presented are estimates and not meant to substitute professional dietary advice or treatment
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Recipe By Slurrp