Christmas Fruit Cake


Merry Christmas to all of you!

Even though I was not well, I couldn’t stop myself from baking the Cake for Christmas! 🙂 This time my daughter helped me in making the cake as well as in other Christmas preparations. Thank God she is here for Holidays!


Here is the recipe for the Fruit Cake I make every year for Christmas. This is a simple and delicious Fruit Cake. Usually I soak the dry fruits in brandy for two weeks. But this time I kept it only for a day. Even then it turned out to be a very tasty Cake! 😛

I am sending this cake to the event ‘Think Spice-Think Cinnamon’ being hosted by dear Sunita of Sunita’s World.

What you need

Almonds – 20

Butter – 200 gm

Demarara Sugar/ Brown Sugar – 250gm

All purpose flour – 200 gm

Eggs – 4

Milk – 1 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 tsp

Baking powder – 1 tsp

Caraway seeds (cake jeera) – 2 tsp

Orange marmalade – 2 tbsp

For spice powder

Cinnamon – 4 small pieces

Nutmeg – 1 small piece

Cloves – 2

Dry Fruits

Raisins – 100 gm seeds removed

Kismis/ Golden Raisins – 100 gm

Cashew nuts – 100 gm chopped

Tutti frutti – 100 gm

Candied Orange peel – 20 gm

Candied Ginger – 20 gm

Brandy – 3 tbsp


Mix the dry fruits with brandy and keep it in a bottle overnight. Soak the almonds in water and remove the skin. Keep aside. Powder the spices together. (If you are not using demarara sugar, caramelize 1 cup of sugar and add 1 cup of water slowly to make a syrup. Cool the syrup and add it to the cake batter. Use 200 gm sugar and avoid milk.) Mix together flour, spice powder, caraway seeds and baking powder. Add the dry fruits to it and mix well. Keep aside. In a bowl, mix together butter and sugar till soft. (Use an electric egg beater if you can.) Add eggs one by one and beat well. Add the orange marmalade and vanilla essence and mix well. Fold in the flour mixture and milk alternately. Smear butter on two cake trays. Line them with butter paper and pour the batter. Place the almonds on top. Preheat the oven to 180 C for 20 minutes and bake for 1 hour or till a skewer inserted comes out clean. Let the cakes be in the oven for 10 minutes. Take out and cool on wire racks. Let it cool completely before cutting. Serve with homemade wine and enjoy!

  1. its raining xmas cakes in the blogosphere 🙂 lovely!

  2. Beautiful tree and cake, see you next year Lis, enjoy!:))

  3. Thanks for that lovely cake…Happy holidays to you too 🙂

  4. Oh the Christmas tree is awesome and so is the delicious cake….I love Christmas cake, with all the fruits and nuts…yummy! Should try it sometime …have a lovely Christmas 🙂

  5. Beautiful christmas tree. Fruit cake looks delish.If only i could take a bite. Merry christmas and happy holidays to you and your family.

  6. Hi Lissie ! Its looks yummy 🙂

  7. OMG! this luks so yummy!

  8. Beautiful pictures,,, cake looks great, but please, what is kismis and the tutti fruiti ?

  9. Hi Kaydee, thanks for visiting! kismis is nothing but dries seedless grapes (the white variety) and tutti frutti is the dried mixed colored papaya pieces which is sold as dried mixed fruits. try the cake and you will certainly like it! 😛

  10. mm.. luv it )

  11. emm.. good one

  12. Thanks for this recipe

  13. Hi would like to know if Cake Jeera is shahijeera?

  14. Hi Marie,

    Welcome to my blog! Cake jeera is indeed shahijeera. Please try this fruit cake and let me know about the outcome…

    Happy cooking,

  15. can you tell me if there is any alternative that can b used instead of brandy?
    I wanna try it.

  16. Hi Hims,

    you can either avoid brandy or use rum. or else, use orange juice to soak the dry fruits but reduce the amount of orange marmalade.