Christmas Cake - Australian

Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 2 hrs

An out of this world cake that is full of Glace Fruit and nuts from the Australian Womans Weekly Cookbook. Not Cheap! but for a once in a year or that special celebration it's not just wonderful - its simply stunning

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare all ingredients first. Chop pineapple, apricots and dates into pieces the same size as the Brazil nuts, leave nuts whole, combine fruit and nuts in a large bowl.
  2. Beat eggs in a bowl until thick and creamy, add sugar, essence, rum and softened butter, beat until well combined.
  3. Stir into fruit mixture and add sifted flours.
  4. Spread mixture evenly and firmly into a large loaf pan which has been greased and lined.
  5. Bake at 150°C for about 2 hours.


Most Helpful

I used to make this every year and I absolutely love it! When we moved to Queensland for 8 years, I made it the first year - 4 times! Because we left the grown-up kids in Victoria, and hubby doesn't often eat cake, I ATE THE LOT - 4 times! Haven't made it since as I obviously can't trust myself. I reckon it's more like a fruit and nut bar than a cake, but is perfect for Aussie Xmases, with our seafood and salad/bbq type Xmas dinners. Heavy puddings just don't go with food like that. Beverley.

iknitok May 28, 2010

When I was making it, I thought, oh my goodness, there's almost no batter! but what there is is ample to bind together this rich mixture of fruit and nuts in a dense traditional taste explosion. I have only had little pieces, not being a huge cake lover, but I have very much enjoyed this rich treat, it is not overly sweet .. hard to describe, but I would say, a perfect festive fruit cake, albeit very rich! My DH loves it, he has been working his way through it, sometimes treating himself to some brandy custard poured over it, sometimes having it just like that, with a glass of milk. I lined the cake tin with baking paper, and baked as described, perfect. Thank you for an amazing cake, Joy, suddenly the annual Christmas Cake has become an easy and decadent treat!

Karen Elizabeth January 12, 2009

Greetings from Portugal. Mmm this sounds almost like a Xmas fruit cake, I love fruit cakes, they keep so well.I'm only giving 4 stars because I haven't tried it yet, but I'm getting to it this afternoon. Thank you for posting.

Mia #3 December 03, 2008

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