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Christmas fruit cake recipe

Christmas fruit cake recipe

For Beryl, a resident at ACH Group’s Perry Park Residential Care Home, her passion for baking keeps her going. As a former commercial baker, Beryl has entered and won several baking competitions in South Australia.

To celebrate the festive season, Beryl shared this special Christmas fruit cake recipe which she used for many of her Royal Adelaide Show award winning decorated cakes.

This recipe uses simple ingredients to create the perfect cake for you to share on Christmas day.

You can try this recipe and decorate it however you like for a personal touch.

Christmas fruit cake


  • 1 kg mixed fruit (soak the mixed fruit in the Sherry overnight)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 200gms melted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of Sherry (“I don’t watch when I pour,” Beryl comments)
  • If a darker cake is desired, add 1 tablespoon of Parisian essence
  • 1 grated peeled Granny Smith apple (makes for a moister cake)
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ½ cup SR flour
  • 1 heaped teaspoon mixed spice


  • Sift flours together
  • Add to all other ingredients and mix well
  • Place mixture into an 8-inch round cake tin
  • Bake 2 ½ – 3 hours at 150 degree Celsius
  • Brush with extra Sherry
  • Cool in cake tin wrapped in a tea towel
  • Decorate your way for a personal touch!

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