This Christmas cake recipe is shared by our own Maxine McDonnough and we can certainly recommend it.


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  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • I lb butter
  • 8-10 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  •  I 1/2 cups bread crumbs
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Mixed spice
  • I lb raisins
  • 1 lb mixed fruits ( prunes cherries etc)
  • 1 quart wine (Red)
  • Rum 
  • Browning (8 ozs)
  • Grated lime or orange rind


  1. Pre-soak fruit in wine and rum for at least 2 months. If this was not possible, steam/stew fruit in wine and rum then add almond flavouring, rose water, vanilla and any other desired fruit flavors.
  2. Blend fruit mixture.
  3. Cream butter and sugar until sugar crystals are blended out
  4. Mix in eggs one at a time
  5. Combine flour, bread crumbs, baking powder, cinnamon and mixed spice (all dry ingredients)
  6. Using wooden spoon, fold in dry ingredients, presoaked fruit and browning alternately.
  7. Add grated orange /lime rind.
  8. Mixture should not be too thick. To test let wooden spoon stand in middle of bowl and it should fall smoothly to the side of the bowl.
  9. Pour mixture into pre greased and floured baking tins (Should give 2 big cakes or three medium sized cakes.
  10. Put in pre heated oven set at 180 degrees Celsius and bake for 40 minutes.
  11. Decrease temperature to 150 degrees Celsius and bake until done. Test by pricking with toothpick or knife. Cake is baked when tester comes out clean.