Christmas Present Fruit Cake

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 120 mins
Servings: 20
Christmas Present Fruit Cake

Fruit Cake is a festive nostalgic favourite so why not make it into a present – bow and all! Wrap up this Christmas Present Fruit Cake in cellophane with a festive bow for a delicious home-made gift. Download the stencil here.

Ingredients

  • 1kg dried fruits (raisins, mixed fruit, sultanas)
  • 100g dried figs, chopped
  • ¾ cup brandy
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 225g butter, diced and softened
  • 1 cup CSR Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp CSR Treacle
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ cups plain flour
  • ½ cup self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • CSR Pure Icing Sugar, to decorate

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 150°C (130°C fan-forced). Lightly grease and line a deep 20 x 20cm cake pan with three layers of baking paper.
  2. Combine dried fruits and figs in a large saucepan with brandy and orange juice. Mix well over a low heat for 8 mins until liquid is absorbed and fruit softened. Set aside to cool.
  3. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl of an electric mixer until pale and creamy. Mix in the treacle. Add eggs one at a time until well incorporated. Fold in flours and spices.
  4. Add fruit mixture to batter, mixing until well combined. Pour batter into prepared cake pan and smooth the top. Bake for 2 hours, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. For serving; place cooled cake onto serving plate and using preferred stencil, place over top of cake and dust heavily with icing sugar.