Easy fruit cake recipe for Christmas

Posted on October 25th, 2016

A homemade cake is the cherry on top during the festive season. Try this easy fruitcake recipe. There’s still enough time to make it.

Easy fruit cake

No festive season is complete without a delicious fruit cake. Fruit cakes can be daunting for some, as we always hear how difficult they are to make. Luckily this recipe is easy to follow and doesn’t take ages to prepare.

In just over one hour, you’ll have a homemade festive fruit cake to serve your family over the holidays – as well as Santa when he takes a break from dropping off presents for well-behaved children.


  • 200g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 200g dark muscovado sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 200g Sasko self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eating apples, grated (approx 100g each)
  • 300g mixed sultanas and raisins


  1. Heat your oven to 180°C.
  2. Butter and line the bottom of a deep, round 20cm cake tin with greaseproof paper.
  3. Beat the first seven ingredients together in a large bowl until pale and thick – an electric hand mixer is best for this if you have one at home.
  4. Using a large metal spoon, gently fold in the fruit until evenly combined.
  5. Spoon the batter into the tin and bake for 50 mins-1 hour or until the cake is dark golden, springy to the touch and has shrunk away from the tin slightly.
  6. A skewer or knife inserted into the center of the cake will come out clean when it’s ready.
  7. Cool completely before decorating.

The cake can either be kept wrapped up in an airtight container after being iced and kept for up to a week, or frozen for up to a month before being iced if you’re really good at prepping for the holidays.

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