Xmas Cake Recipe with almond paste and royal icing sugar

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xmas cake recipe

This xmas cake recipe with royal icing and almond paste has a few ingredients to get together, but is not at all hard to make and so much nicer than anything you could buy in the shops. Such a great way to use dried fruits such as sultanas, raisons and currants.

If you have never made a Christmas cake before don’t take fright at all the different ingredients as it’s really a straight forward recipe. The hardest bit is lining the cake tin with paper beforehand!

Before baking, prepare your cake tin by lining the bottom and sides with brown paper. Take the paper about 2 inches above the sides of the cake tin. This helps keep the moisture inside the cake. On top of the brown paper line the cake tin with greaseproof paper which has been greased with margarine or butter. Again bring it about 2 inches above the side of the cake tin.

This recipe is cooked at two temperatures. Cooking at a slightly higher temperature for the first 1 ½ hours makes the outside crunchy and the inside lovely and moist.

Xmas Cake Recipe

You will require

cake tin - 20cm round
160c 325F gas 3 for 1 ½ hours
150c 300F gas 2 for further 2 hours
  • 350g plain flour
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp mixed spices
  • 1tsp salt
  • 100g chopped mixed peel
  • 450g currants
  • 225g sultanas
  • 225g seedless raisins
  • 75g chopped almonds
  • 100g quartered cherries
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4tbl sweet sherry or brandy
  • 1 lemon rind grated
  • 1 orange rind grated
  • 275g margarine
  • 275 brown sugar
  • 1tsp treacle
Xmas Cake Instructions

Mix the flour, cinnamon, spice and salt together.

Beat the eggs with the sherry or brandy.

Cream together the eggs, sugar, butter and treacle.

Add the creamed egg mix into the flour mix.

Add all the other ingredients and mix well.

Pour into a cake tin and bake in the oven for 1 ½ hours.

Turn down the heat and bake for a further 2 hours.

Allow the xmas cake recipe to cool completely on a wire rack.

Wrap in foil and store in an airtight container.

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Almond Paste

  • 275g ground almonds
  • 150g icing sugar
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 - 2 eggs
  • 2tbls of jam
Almond Paste Instructions

Spread the jam thinly over the top and sides of the cake.

Mix the sugar and almonds together in a bowl.

Next mix the eggs into the sugar and almond mix.

Beat the mix well until it is stiff.

Taking a rolling pin, roll the paste out until it’s the size of the cake top.

Place the paste on top of the cake and trim any excess round the edges.

Leave for 2 days to firm before icing.

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Royal Icing Sugar

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1tbls glycerine
  • 575 icing sugar
Royal Icing Sugar Instructions

Beat the egg whites, glycerine and half icing sugar until they are smooth. Beat the rest of the icing sugar into the mix.

Spread half the icing over the top of the cake and leave for an hour or two to harden.

Once the icing is hard trim off the excess.

Now cover the sides of the cake with the rest of the royal icing.

Finish your xmas cake recipe off with a little sprig of holly for decoration.

Wilton Royal Icing Mix

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