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Christmas Fruit Cake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 8
Calories 789 kcal
Author Samantha


  • 4 1/2 cups dried mixed fruit, or just sultanas, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups pitted dates, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dried raisins, roughly chopped
  • 125 g salted butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sweet sherry
  • 2 large eggs, lightly whisked
  • 2 cups gluten free all purpose flour*, or regular all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp brandy


  1. In a large pot, add all chopped fruit, butter, sugar, spices and water. Place over a medium heat and stir until butter has completely melted through.
  2. Once butter has melted, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cook for 3 minutes, uncovered, stirring.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside, uncovered, to cool completely, this can take a couple of hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 180ºC (356ºF). Prepare a 22cm (9-inch) round springform cake tin by lightly greasing the inside with some butter. Dust 1-2 tablespoons of flour over butter and tap off any excess flour. Your tin is now well greased and floured, set aside.
  5. Once fruit mixture is cold, add in sherry and whisked eggs, mix well.
  6. Sift over flour and baking powder, mix until well combined.
  7. Spoon batter into prepared cake tin.
  8. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes - 2 hours or until top has set and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 2 minutes.
  10. Pour over brandy and use a pastry brush to disperse over the top.
  11. Leave cake in tin, cover with foil and set aside to completely cool.
  12. Remove fruit cake from tin and serve. Or re-wrap in foil, place in an airtight container to store and serve later.

Recipe Notes

*I use Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour

Nutrition Facts
Christmas Fruit Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 789 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 178mg8%
Potassium 1447mg41%
Carbohydrates 163g54%
Fiber 20g83%
Sugar 98g109%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 465IU9%
Vitamin C 2.7mg3%
Calcium 325mg33%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.