The Queen of Christmas Cakes

It just isn’t Christmas without a slice of fruit-laden comforting Christmas cake! This modern recipe is an elegant addition to the most delicious day of the year!

40mins + overnight soaking


  1. 750g mixed dried fruit
  2. 250g dried figs
  3. 120g glace cherries
  4. 100g blanched almonds
  5. 1 tsp Lemon Zest
  6. 2 tbsp rum
  7. 2 tbsp brandy
  8. 1 tsp Queen Natural Almond Extract
  9. 2 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste
  10. 2 tsp Queen Natural Rosewater Essence
  11. 100ml fresh orange juice
  12. 250g butter
  13. 1 1/4 cups (250g) brown sugar
  14. 4 eggs
  15. 2 1/4 cups (320g) plain flour
  16. 1/4 cup (50g) self raising flour
  17. 1 tsp each nutmeg & cinnamon
  18. Dr.Oetker Ready to Roll Icing White
  19. Fresh (or dry) cranberries, to serve
  20. Rosemary sprigs, to serve


  1. Step 1

    Combine all fruit, almonds, all Queen essences and orange juice in a large bowl. Cover and leave overnight to soak.

  2. Step 2

    Line a loaf tin with 2 layers of brown paper and then a layer of baking paper, leaving a 7cm overhang. Preheat the oven to slow (150C/130C fan-forced).

  3. Step 3

    Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.

  4. Step 4

    Sift together flours, salt and spices. Fold in the fruit and flour mixtures alternately into the butter mixture. Mix well. Spoon into prepared tin, smooth top. Decorate with extra almonds.

  5. Step 5

    Bake in oven for about 3 hours or until skewer inserted in center comes out clean, covering loosely with foil if almonds are browning too quickly. Allow to cool in tin for 30 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

  6. Step 6

    Once cake is cold, knead Fondant icing until smooth and roll out to 1cm thickness and using a knife, cut one large piece to the length of the cake and two pieces in the shape of a star. Use a little jam or sugar syrup to brush the cake, then apply icing. Finish with cranberries, rosemary and dust with icing sugar before serving.

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