This delightful Christmas cake is traditionally rich, moist and full of flavour, it's probably as old as the hills! It came from my mother's old hand written recipe book written well before the last World War. Mum told me that she got it from her mother and even then it was called mums best Christmas cake - so we wonder just how many generations this goes back. If only recipes could talk what tales they could tell. The only alteration I have made to this cake is to cut the eggs down from 6 to 5 as eggs these days are so big compared to years ago. The ingredients were carefully saved over a few months as rationing was on for many years and this cake always took pride of place for afternoon tea on Christmas day. This cake is so well worth taking the time to make it, I have cut down the amount of eggs to 5 as eggs these days are so much larger than they used to be.