Light Christmas Cake

Light Christmas Cake

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A light Christmas cake recipe with simple ingredients and steps to make this cake for Christmas.
Servings: 24
Calories: 466


  • 4 oz glace cherries
  • 2 oz glace pineapple
  • 8 oz currants
  • 8 oz sultanas golden raisins
  • 4 oz chopped mixed peel
  • 1/2 lb butter
  • 3 oz plain flour All purpose
  • finely grated rind of 1 lemon
  • finely grated rind of 1 orange
  • 1/2 lb soft brown sugar
  • 2 oz ground almonds
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 4 oz self raising self rising flour
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp brandy
  • apricot jam sieved and melted
  • 1 1/4 lb marzipan
  • 1 1/2 lb royal Icing


  • Butter and line a 20.5 cm (8 inch) round cake tin.
  • Quarter the cherries, wash if syrupy and dry well. Cut the pineapple into small cubes and mix all the fruit well together with 45 ml (3 level tbsp) plain flour.
  • Whisk the butter, add the lemon and orange rind, the sugar and continue to whisk until pale and fluffy. Stir in the almonds. Beat in the eggs little by little and lastly fold in the remaining sifted flours, fruit, strained lemon juice and brandy.
  • Turn into the prepared tin. Bake in the oven at 170°C (325°F) mark 3 for about 2 1/2 - 3 hours, covering loosely with foil if the top gets too brown. Cool in the tin.
  • Store the cake in an airtight tin for at least 1 month before brushing with apricot glaze and covering with marzipan. Leave to dry then decorate with royal icing.
Calories: 466 kcal
Carbohydrates: 66 g
Protein: 6 g
Fat: 21g
Saturated Fat: 7 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 48 mg
Sodium: 143 mg
Potassium: 270 mg
Fiber: 2 g
Sugar: 51 g
Vitamin A: 290 IU
Vitamin C: 4 mg
Calcium: 50 mg
Iron: 2 mg
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