Ideally, you are meant to bake this cake a month ago but luckily you can make this cake today and have it done it time for Christmas. Just grab a shopping list, purchase the items and bake!!

Ingredients:

500g of dried fruits, it should be in a bag of dried fruits or you can buy dried raisins, candied peel, sultanas, currants and glace cherries.
150ml of brandy or sherry, plus extra for feeding
2 large oranges, juice only
250g butter, softened
250g light or dark muscovado sugar
4 eggs
1 tbsp black treacle
250g plain flour
1 1/2 tsp mixed spice
3 tbsp apricot jam, warmed and sieved
675g marzipan or just use the whole marzipan that it comes in


Method:

First, in a large bowl put your dried fruits in and pour in the brandy and orange juice but leave some for the extra feeding after. As we don't have enough time, leave the fruits to soak for approximately 10 hours.

Preheat your oven to gas mark 2/150 C. Grease and line your tin with parchment paper and set aside.

Next, in another large bowl mix the butter, sugar, eggs and treacle together until smooth. Then sieve in the flour and mixed spice until blended and smooth. Stir in the soaked fruit and spoon it in to your cake tin and level the surface. 

Bake in to over for 1 1/2 hours to 2 1/2 hours depending on your oven. Be sure to check it at regular intervals but do not open it! Just use your eyes to see how it is baking. After it has finished baking, take out the cake and set aside. Whilst the cake is cooling, piece the cake with a skewer and feed some more brandy in to the cake.

On to the next day.....

By now your cake has successfully cooled and your home will definitely smell like Christmas. Gently warm the apricot jam and brush the jam over the surface of the cake. 

Roll out the marzipan to about a 1 cm thick and you are able to see that it will cover the cake. With the rolling pin, cover the marzipan over the rolling pin and then roll it over the cake. Smooth it out with your hands until its soft and covered. Do the same thing to the white fondant icing. 

Will you be making a Christmas Cake?

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