Rich Christmas Cake Recipe

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Rich Christmas Cake
How to make Rich Christmas Cake
  • Chef: Chef Crystal Mendonce, Peninsula Grand Hotel
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  • Difficulty Level: Medium

Here's the recipe of the traditional Christmas cake, loaded with dry fruits, wine, rum and all things nice.

Ingredients of Rich Christmas Cake

  • 80 gm raisins
  • 30 gm cashew broken
  • 30 gm walnuts
  • 120 gm tutti frutti
  • 40 gm figs dry
  • 40 gm dates
  • 2 gm cinnamon
  • 2 gm nutmeg
  • 150 ml red wine
  • 100 ml rum dark
  • 100 ml beer fosters
  • 100 gm sugar
  • 120 gm flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 20 gm mix fruit jam
  • 120 gm butter
  • 2-3 drops vanilla essence
  • 5 gm baking powder
  • For the Icing:
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 gm cream of tartare
  • 150 gm icing sugar

How to Make Rich Christmas Cake

  • 1.Cut the figs, dates and cashew nuts into small pieces and soak them along with the raisins and tutti-fruity in the rum, red wine and beer(this is normally done 20-25 days in advance so that the dry fruit absorbs all the spirits).
  • 2.Cream the butter and sugar along with the vanilla essence.
  • 3.Add in the eggs gradually mixing all the while.
  • 4.Fold in the flour sifted with baking powder.
  • 5.Mix in the soaked ingredients.
  • 6.Grease a 1kg cake tin and sprinkle a little flour on the surface. Place a sheet of paraffin paper on the bottom.
  • 7.Pour the cake batter into the tin and bake at 160° c for about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • 8.Un-mould and leave aside to cool down.
  • For the Royal Icing:
  • 1.Make sure the egg whites are at room temperature before beginning.
  • 2.In a clean, dry bowl, place the egg whites, powdered sugar, and cream of tartar. Using a hand whisk, beat all together on low speed until combined.
  • 3.Stop the whisk and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat the mixture on medium speed until very thick, shiny, stiff and white. This should take about 7-10 minutes.
  • 4.Check the texture to ensure that it is suitable for your needs. If you require a stiffer icing, add a little more powdered sugar at this point
  • 5.Pour the icing on the cake and leave to dry.
  • 6.Any decorative pieces need to be put before the icing dries.
  • 7.The cake is ready to serve.