Christmas Cakes are something which a lot of people take seriously. Starting months in advance to ensure ageing of the ingredients to develop a fuller flavour. Unless you are a Christmas cake connoisseur then I really do not feel it necessary to go through all this hassle. If you want a fully matured Christmas Pudding it may be more worthwhile to purchase one of the excellent selection now available on supermarket and local bakery shelves. If you simply want a Christmas style cake with a lot less hassle then I highly recommend our recipe. This recipe is foolproof and has been passed down generations. This cake is packed with the Christmas flavours we have all come to recognise and love.
210g Soft Brown Sugar
0.25tsp Ground Cloves
2tsp Ground Cinnamon
1tsp Baking Powder
1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
250g NEILL’S® Plain Flour
300g Icing Sugar
2tsp Ground Cinnamon
1tsp Vanilla Paste / Extract
2tbsp Milk (or 3tbsp for a slightly thinner consistency)
Food Mixer (Recommended Sage Appliances Scraper Mixer Pro)
Pyrex Mixing Bowls
Heston Blumenthal Dual Platform Precision Scale
The first step in this cake is the most important. We need to boil some of the ingredients, this makes the cake incredibly moist.
Add the water, butter, sugar, raisins, cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg to a saucepan and bring to the boil. Allow to boil for 5 mins occasionally stirring. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.
Preheat oven to 165c.
In a large bowl sieve together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate soda and salt.
Make a well in the centre of the dry mixture and slowly add the boiled mixture. Add this slowly as it is still VERY hot.
Slowly combine all the ingredients with a spatula ensuring no dry ingredients are left.
Pour the cake batter into a lined and greased cake tin (8-10 inches is perfect).
To get a good even rise out of your cake you may want to wrap a piece of baking paper around the edges of the cake tin. This also protects the top of the cake from too much direct heat preventing it from browning too much.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 45 mins until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
If you opt for our delicious cinnamon frosting to cover your cake it is super simple to make.
Beat the butter until soft and creamy.
Slowly add the icing sugar, cinnamon, milk and vanilla and beat until smooth and fluffy.
You can easily cover your cake with this frosting once it is completely cooled. Don’t be tempted to start decorating when its still warm as the frosting will melt and run off.