Christmas Cake at Ally’s Castle

Here’s the recipe from the Edmonds Sure To Rise Cookery Book New Zealand. I shared this recipe last year, it’s tried and tested and really works, I โค love it.

I grew up using this wonderful cook book. I made the Ginger Ale Fruit Cake last year, gluten and preservative free, it was a real hit.

Fruit was soaked in ginger ale overnight. I compromised and put less dates in and topped it up with apricots.

I lined the tin using baking paper, was restricted on height because I used my bench top breville oven.

I mixed all the ingredients according to the recipe, real easy to do. I then carefully spooned the mixture into the tin. I placed a few walnuts on top.

Placed in a preheated oven 140 degrees for 3 hours.

When it had for cooked 2 hours 40 minutes I tested it with a skewer, it came out clean so I turned off the oven and left it there.

This morning I removed it from the tin and wrapped it tightly in cling film and tin foil. Because of heat wave temps here the cake is stored in the fridge. I have done this for years and it’s fine.

Sorry I can’t show you the inside of the cake, it is a gift to my darling son and family. I normally cut about 1/4 of it for me but this year I have enough dried fruit left over to make a smaller one for me.

22 thoughts on “Christmas Cake at Ally’s Castle

  1. I call this the non-alcoholic version of a fruit cake. Usually, I know that rum is used to give a dark color of a fruit cake. In this case, I guess some food coloring might have to be used if I want a darker hue.

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    1. Thanks Carol, it is good to try new recipes. I must check out the Nigella recipe, chestnut puree sounds interesting ๐Ÿ™‚. I don’t think chestnuts are an Australian thing but I am sure Mr Google would find some for me ๐Ÿคฃ

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      1. Carol I found some in tins at the local shops. Nigella recipe looks good. I still have some dried fruit left over so I might halve or even quarter Nigellas recipe, a mini one for me ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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    1. I like the idea of a ‘stir-up’ Sunday. I haven’t heard of it happening here in Australia but I reckon there will be different cultures that do that whether it be families or maybe groups of woman . I used to start mine in October when I was still working and had several cakes to make. Happy baking ๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿฅฏ๐Ÿฅฎ๐Ÿช๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿ™‚

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