This is an excellent quick alternative to traditional Christmas cake which seems to take forever to make. A taste which screams Christmas but doesn’t take a lot of time of effort.
210g Soft Brown Sugar
0.25tsp Ground Cloves
2tsp Ground Cinnamon
1tsp Baking Powder
1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
250g NEILL’S®Plain Flour
To get the most flavour possible from all the ingredients we need to boil some of them.
Add the butter, sugar, raisins, water, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg to a saucepan and bring to the boil, allow to boil for 3 mins occasionally stirring.
Remove from heat and allow to cool until luke warm.
Preheat oven to 165c
In a bowl sieve together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
Slowly stir the boiled mixture into the flour mixture and ensure well combined.
Pour the mixture into a greased and lined cake tin.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 45 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
**TIP : I find the best topping for this cake is cinnamon icing (about 5 heaped tbsp of icing sugar, 2tbsp warm water and 2tbsp ground cinnamon. You may need to add a little more water or icing sugar to adjust the thickness of the mixture. Wait until cake is completely cooled before drizzling icing over**