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    Tulip-Fairy's Family Christmas Cake

    Tulip-Fairy's Family Christmas Cake. Photo by Tulip-Fairy

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    6 hrs

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    5 hrs

    Tulip-Fairy's Note:

    My friend made our wedding cake using this recipe back in 1988. I have used it for my Christmas cake ever since. There would be a divorce in my house if I changed anything about it. You can eat it as it is or decorate it in the traditional way. The recipe is for 1 10" cake...However, I always make two as one is never enough in my house!!!

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    1. 1
      Weigh out all fruit and leave to soak in the brandy overnight.
    2. 2
      Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
    3. 3
      Add eggs and flour and mix in milk and brandy until combined.
    4. 4
      Stir in fruit and nuts, at this point I have been known to mix with a pair of very clean hands to ensure that all the fruit is mixed into the cake mixture.
    5. 5
      Place mixture into a greased and lined 10" tin, protect with brown paper -- see note!
    6. 6
      Bake in a slow oven 150°C 300°F Gas mark 2 for 5 1/2 hours or until a skewer can be pulled out of the centre of the cake clean.
    7. 7
      Note: Protect a large cake by fastening a band of brown paper round the tin 2-3" higher than the tin, and cover the top of the cake with greaseproof paper after 3 hours.
    8. 8
      The preparation time is a guess as this is not a job to be rushed, especially if you take on board a brandy or two while mixing it! Don't forget to make a wish while stirring it -- this has become a family tradition in my house!
    9. 9
      Servings: Another guess as it depends on how big your slices are ;-).

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 26, 2012


      My first attempt at a British fruit cake and we enjoyed it very much! Once I got the batter made, I realized my pan wasn't quite big enough and had to split it between two pans, and ended up overbaking a bit, but only the edges suffered, and they were easily trimmed off. I used all of the different dried fruits I had on hand and they worked very well. I also added in the end of a bottle of kirsch and the end of bottle of Grand Marnier with the brandy. I liked it well enough to experiment with making a real decorated Christmas cake next year! Thanks for posting!

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    Nutritional Facts for Tulip-Fairy's Family Christmas Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (3588 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 13742.1
    Calories from Fat 5671
    Total Fat 630.2 g
    Saturated Fat 231.6 g
    Cholesterol 1873.1 mg
    Sodium 7316.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 1942.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 112.9 g
    Sugars 1179.6 g
    Protein 241.0 g

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