Friday, 16 November 2012

Hot Toddy Cake

In an completely out-of-character moment, I got ahead of myself last weekend and made a start on a Christmas cake.  I would like to have done this on Sunday 25th, which is Stir-Up Sunday, but with a certain young lady's birthday celebrations being held that day, thought I would be unlikely to squeeze it in on the right day!  I am sharing this recipe here as I used it last year and it really was delicious - moist and fruity and moreish.

Last year's effort

I began by soaking the fruit 'overnight'.

700g mixed dried fruit, 100g glace cherries and 100g mixed peel soaked in 200ml hot, strong, black tea, 3 tablespoons whisky and 3 tablespoons marmalade

 Then I creamed together 225g butter and 225g golden caster.

4 eggs were lightly beaten and then gradually added to the mix, beating well after each addition.

225g plain flour, 1 tsp mixed spice and 1 tsp cinnamon were sifted together then folded into the mix...

Then the soaked fruit, and the grated rind of a lemon were folded through...

The mixture was then spooned into a 20cm round, double lined cake tin, levelled and baked at 160 degrees/ 140 Fan Oven/ Gas Mark 3 for 1 1/2 hours, then turned down to 140 degrees/ 120 Fan Oven/ Gas Mark 1 and baked for a further 1 1/2 hours till a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.  

Cool on a wire rack in the tin.  (Sorry - had given up with the camera by this time.  Try to hide your disappointment!)  Whilst still warm, use a skewer to pepper the cake with holes, then feed the cake with 50ml hot, strong black tea into which has been stirred 2 tsp sugar  and 1 tbsp whisky (or orange juice).

If you're making the cake ahead of time, you can feed it with a fresh swig of hot toddy each week, but take care not to make the cake soggy!  

The cake can be kept for a month, well-wrapped in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.  If short of time you can make and decorate the cake the same day.


  1. Beautifully simple decoration on your cake last year. I really like it.

  2. The making of your cake was far more streamlined than ours! I like the idea of letting it'sip' a hot toddy every now and again.

  3. I can smell it from here! Beautiful.
    I'm afraid this year, as there is only really me who likes fruit cake, I've opted out and bought one from Aldi.
    Carol xx

  4. I can smell the fruit cake cooking right now!
    I make mine next week and make extra mixture to make our son a birthday cake. he has always loved christmas cake so I make an extra one in a 1lb bread tin
    Julie xxxxxxxxxxx

  5. You are organised Mrs well done would you like to make me one please lol.Love the smell of christmas cake when its cooking and the taste of course.Love Jill xx

  6. " It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.... " Pretty cake from last year & this year's mix looks good.

    Just read your last post. I adore that ad & the cover. I looked up the singer too. Gorgeous. I bought a hat in John Lewis this week...not a wooly one though - a hat for a wedding !