Pietru’s Christmas Cake

This is my personal version of the most commonly know British Christmas cake.

What is the main variation on the original recipe? I literally packed my cake with a lot of different varieties of dried fruit!

  • DifficultyMedium
  • CostExpensive
  • Preparation time8 Hours
  • Cooking time1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Serving6 people
  • Cooking methodOven
  • CuisineInternational


  • 300 gspelt flour (or plain flour type 0)
  • 200 gdark muscovado sugar
  • 200 mlCognac or Sherry
  • 200 gdried cranberries
  • 150 gsultanas
  • 150 ggolden raisins
  • 150 gpitted dried prunes
  • 150 gpitted dried apricots
  • 150 gdried figs
  • 150 gpitted natural dates
  • 125 mlsunflower oil
  • 18 gbaking powder
  • 3eggs
  • 2 spoonsprune jam
  • 1 spoonground cofee
  • 1 spoonunsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoonsground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoonground all spices mix (e.g. nutmeg; cloves; ginger)
  • q.s.nuts (for decoration only)
  • q.s.icing sugar (for decoration)
  • 2oranges (zest only)
  • 2tangerines (zest only)


  1. – chop the dried figs, prunes and apricots;

    – put them in a big bowl together with the remaining dried fruit (except for the dates);

    – pour the liqueur onto the fruit and mix well, seal well with cling film and store it in a dark place for at least 8 hours;

    – chop the dates;

    – put them in a sauce pan together with a little water;

    – put the pan on a stove on medium heat, stir well till the dates become a soft paste;

    – remove the pan from the stove and allow to cool down;

    – put the eggs and the sugar in a separate bowl;

    – whip everything together till you get a smooth cream;

    – pour the sunflower oil and mix well;

    – add the ground coffee and cocoa powder;

    – sift the flour onto the thus obtained mixture and mix well;

    – do the same with the baking powder;

    – take the bowl with fruit you had infused in the liqueur;

    – drain the fruit and add it to the mixture; – add the dates paste  and the jam;

    – mix well till all the fruit is well amalgamated; – add the spices and citrus zest;

    – bake at 165 degrees for around 90 minutes;

    – decorate as you wish by using sugar paste, nuts, fresh fruits, etc..


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