Xmas Cake Recipe Easy

xmas cake recipe easy
xmas cake recipe easy

Christmas Cake is a traditional fruit cake with a rich, velvety texture that is so full-flavored and moist that it can be enjoyed plain. At Takeout Food, we believe in creating easy and delicious recipes that can be enjoyed by everyone. That’s why we have simplified the process of making this Xmas Cake, eliminating the need for overnight soaking of dried fruit. This recipe is perfect for those who want to save time without compromising on taste.

Christmas Cake - easy moist fruit cake decorated with traditional white fondant

What Makes a Good Christmas Cake?

At Takeout Food, we understand that not all Christmas Cakes are created equal. We have carefully crafted this recipe to meet our criteria for the perfect Xmas Cake:

  • Alcohol Optional: Our cake is just as delicious with or without alcohol, making it suitable for everyone to enjoy.
  • Subtle Citrus Flavor: We believe in a delicate hint of citrus flavor rather than overwhelming chunks of orange rind.
  • Soft and Velvety Texture: Our Xmas Cake slices beautifully, with a soft and velvety texture that is reminiscent of good fruit cakes.
  • Moist and Fudgy: We have perfected the balance between moisture and cake-like texture, ensuring our cake is not too dry or overly fudgy.
  • Dense but Not Brick-like: Our cake strikes the ideal balance of density, avoiding the extreme of feeling like you’re cutting into a block of firm fudge.
  • Optional Decoration: While our Xmas Cake is delicious on its own, we understand the appeal of decoration. We offer various options, including a simple dusting of icing sugar or the traditional white fondant.

If these aspects resonate with your taste preferences, then our Xmas Cake recipe is sure to be a hit!

Close up of slice of Christmas Cake - easy moist fruit cake

What Goes into the Xmas Cake?

To create our delicious Xmas Cake, you will need a generous amount of dried fruit and a few other key ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Soaked Dried Fruit

What goes in Christmas Cake

  • Use any dried fruit of your choice, totaling approximately 855g / 30 oz.
  • You can opt for a store-bought mix of pre-chopped dried fruit or chop your own for a more moist cake. However, our recipe guarantees an ultra-moist cake regardless.
  • Mixed peel is a store-bought mix of sugared lemon and orange peel. We recommend chopping it a bit finer for a more pleasant texture.
  • Soak the dried fruit in apple juice or a combination of apple juice and brandy for those who prefer a boozy Christmas Cake.

2. Christmas Cake Batter

What goes in Christmas Cake

  • Dark brown sugar gives the cake a rich, dark brown color. You can substitute it with normal brown sugar for a lighter appearance.
  • Molasses or golden syrup adds richness to the flavor and color of the cake. Either one will work beautifully.
  • Walnuts can be substituted with any nuts of your choice, or omitted entirely.
  • A combination of oil and butter ensures a moist cake with a delightful flavor.

How to Make Xmas Cake

How to make Christmas Cake

Making our Xmas Cake is a straightforward process that yields exceptional results. Here’s how it’s done:

  • The key step that sets our recipe apart is the fast fruit soaking method. Rather than soaking the dried fruit overnight, we microwave it with juice and/or brandy, allowing it to soak for just 1 hour. This method is quick and incredibly effective.
  • After the soaking step, proceed with the standard process of making a fruit cake, taking care to bake it long and slow to ensure even cooking without drying out the edges and surface.

Christmas Cake Decoration Ideas

While our Xmas Cake is delicious on its own, we understand the desire to add a decorative touch. Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Keep it simple by dusting the cake with icing sugar or piling on cherries or other fruits before dusting.
  • Get creative with Christmas tree decorations. Inedible decorations can add a festive touch to your cake.
  • Consider a drippy white glaze for a visually appealing effect. You can use our Lemon Cake with Drippy Glaze recipe, omitting the lemon in the glaze.
  • If you’re a fan of the traditional look, try decorating the cake with white fondant. Store-bought fondant has come a long way and is now a great option for a smooth and sweet frosting-like finish.

Pouring custard over Christmas Cake

How to Serve Xmas Cake

Our Christmas Fruit Cake is incredibly rich and moist, bursting with flavor from the fruit. It is perfectly delicious on its own, without any frosting or fondant. However, if you want to make it extra special, serve it with custard. You can opt for homemade custard or enhance store-bought custard by stirring in some vanilla bean paste for a touch of elegance and freshness.

Best of all, our Xmas Cake keeps well for weeks and weeks! You can store it in the fridge for up to 3 months or freeze it for up to a year. So go ahead and savor the festive flavors long after Christmas.


Q: Can I substitute the walnuts with other nuts?

A: Absolutely! Feel free to substitute walnuts with any nuts of your choice or omit them altogether if you prefer a nut-free Xmas Cake.

Q: Can I decorate the cake without fondant?

A: Yes, you can! Fondant is not a requirement for our Xmas Cake. We have provided various decoration ideas in the previous section, and you can choose the one that suits your preferences.


At Takeout Food, we are dedicated to providing easy and delicious recipes that celebrate the joy of food. Our Xmas Cake recipe is no exception, delivering a moist, flavorful fruit cake that can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you choose to decorate it or simply enjoy it plain, this Xmas Cake is sure to be a hit during the festive season and beyond.

For more culinary inspiration and delightful recipes, visit Takeout Food, your go-to resource for all things food. Happy baking and a joyful holiday season from our kitchen to yours!

Originally published December 2019. Republished December 2020 – no change to recipe, just tidied up some of the writing!

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