My Mom's Light Christmas Cake

Total Time
3hrs 25mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 3 hrs

I don't think I ever saws my Mom make a cake from a mix; she was a superb baker and all around cook, but lovingly remembered for her wonderful Christmas creations (let alone Easter!) amongst which is this rich and lovely Christmas Cake, that I can share with you. In attempting this one, you need remember that it was "always on a budget", so the cherries, peel, etc are not the ones packed in expensive syrupy fluid, but rather the cheaper "candied" ones, often bought in today's "Bulk Barn"... Mom never advocated drinking, but using white rum or brandy in place of the pineapple juice was not unusual, I just can't imagine her writing that out for dissemination in the family reunion cookbook I'm pulling this up from... Where "fruit" is mentioned as an ingredient, most often this meant currants, in semi-dried form, but I'll go out on a limb and suggest chopped dried apricots would work well, too...(remember, this is a "heritage" recipe, Mom was into her 20's in the Dirty Thirties, when you worked from the cheapest ingredients, and there weren't a lot of choices!)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix cherries, peel, fruit and juice together well, and let stand for two days, stirring frequently.
  2. Add to remaining ingredients, mixing very thoroughly.
  3. Pour into bread pans, and bake three hours at 300 degrees.
  4. Enjoy some of the happiness we knew!
Most Helpful

I made this months ago and forgot to review! I used the basic batter recipe -butter, sugar, eggs etc... and added the fruits and nuts I had on hand, also added freshly grated peel of one large orange. Baked in my springform pan (greased and lined with parchment paper). A great tasting cake, DH thought he had died and gone to heaven when I served Christmas cake in July!! Definitely will bake this again!!

Elly in Canada September 21, 2009