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Traditional Christmas Cake Recipe

Now is the perfect time to make your Christmas Cake. B&B host, Alice O' Sullivan of River Valley Farmhouse in Co Kerry has been making this recipe for over 40 years and says that it goes down a treat with all her family and is sure that it will with yours too!

Alice’s Top Tip: Try and make your cake at least a month before Christmas to give it plenty of time to mature and make it all the more delicious.


9 oz. plain flour
¼ level teaspoon salt
1 level teaspoon mixed spice
12 oz. stoned raisins
12 oz. sultanas
12 oz. currants
2 oz. candied peel, chopped
3 oz. glacé cherries, quartered
2 oz. almonds, blanched and chopped
8 oz. butter
8 oz. soft brown sugar
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 ½ level tablespoons black treacle
2 tablespoons brandy

Oven setting:  150 °C; Gas Mark 2  & 140 °C; Gas Mark 1
Preparation time:  30 minutes   Cooking time:  4 hours


  1. Line the base and sides of an 8-inch round cake tin with a double layer of greaseproof paper, and then tie a double band of brown paper, 1 inch wider than the depth of the tin, round the outside.

  2. Sieve flour, salt and spice into a large bowl.

  3. Cream butter and sugar until pale and creamy.

  4. Beat in a little egg at a time.

  5. Stir in treacle, then flour, dried fruit, peel, cherries and almonds.

  6. Turn mixture into prepared tin and bake in the oven at 150 °C for 3 hours, then reduce oven to 140 °C and bake for 1 – 1½ hours, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

  7. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn it out on to a wire tray. Remove the paper.

  8. When almost cold, turn it upside down, pierce with a skewer and spoon brandy over.

  9. When completely cold, wrap in greaseproof paper and foil, or store in an airtight tin.

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Posted: 23 Nov 2020 by Claire Regan | with 2 comments

Tags: B&B Recipes, Christmas Recipes, Festive Recipes

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Hi Darren
So pleased to hear that you are enjoying the recipes. We are looking forward to welcoming you, hopefully, in the not too distant future and when we can travel again. Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and happy Christmas. ☘
23/12/2020 16:28:22
Darren Coleman
Thanks so much for sharing the recipes. We can hardly wait until things settle down so we can head over to Ireland and the UK :-) God bless you all -
have a merry Christmas and Happy New Year
22/12/2020 18:25:08
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