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Nan’s famous Christmas cake

Nan’s Christmas cake was such a hit last year, we’re publishing the recipe again — but this time, we’re making sure you have a few weeks to get organised to bake this magnificent festive treat.


340gm butter

4 eggs

450gm flour (3 cups)

1 tsp mixed spice

½ tsp salt

2 x 400g mixed fruit

1 400gm tin crushed pineapple

1 cup sugar

½ tsp baking soda

115gm golden syrup

¼ cup whisky (optional)


• Cover mixed fruit with pineapple and gently bring to boil

• Then add butter, sugar and syrup and stir till dissolved, cool

• Sift dry ingredients

• Beat eggs well and add to fruit

• Stir well

• Put in greased dish

• Heat oven to 180C (350F)

• Lower oven to 150C (300F) when cake goes in

• Cook for 1 hour

• Lower temp to 130C (250F) and cook for another 2-3 hours.

• Cover top if it gets too brown

Nan made seven mini-sized cakes and shortened the final cooking time.

Nan’s festive season cake. Picture supplied by Nan