A Twist On A Traditional Christmas Cake

Give your family and friends an extra scrumptious treat to enjoy this festive period, by offering them a delicious slice of home-made Christmas cake. A perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea, this twist on a traditional Christmas cake will also make an impressive party canape. Easy to make, your show-stopping cake can be baked into a tray bake, which is easy to share. This heavenly cake is an ideal afternoon pick me up, to share with your office co-workers.

Below we share a straightforward Mary Berry recipe for you to follow, to make this Christmas classic. So why not get into the Christmas spirit and get creative baking a fabulous treat for your loved ones.



Makes 28 pieces


175g (6 oz) chopped apricots

3 tbsp Brandy

175g (6 oz) softened butter

175g (6 oz) light brown sugar

175g (6oz) plain flour

4 eggs, beaten

225g (8 oz) raisins

225g (8 oz) currents

225g (8 oz) cherries (quartered, washed & dried)

For  decoration

A small amount of warm apricot jam

500g (1 Ib 2 oz) packet of ready-made almond paste (Golden marzipan)

500g (1 Ib 2 oz) ready to roll white icing



Preheat the oven to 160ºC/Fan 140º/Gas 3. Grease and line a 30 x 20cm (12 x 8 in) tray bake tin with non-stick baking paper.

1. Add the apricots to a small bowl and pour over the brandy. Leave to soak overnight, or until all of the brandy is soaked up.

2. Using the electric whisk on a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until the mixture is smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Spoon mixture into the prepared tin and level the top.

3. Place tin in the oven for 1-1hr 15 mins, until golden brown. Check if the cake is cooked by inserting a skewer into the cake. If it comes out it’s cooked. Set the cake aside to cool down.

4. Brush apricot jam on top of the cake and roll out a rectangle of marzipan, the same size as the top of the cake. Lay this on top of the cake and then add more jam onto the marzipan. Roll out a rectangle of icing, the same size as the cake and then cover the marzipan with the icing.

5. Finally slice into squares and serve with a cup of tea.


The cake can be prepared (Made, covered and iced) up to 2 days ahead. This cake freezes well without marzipan or icing.

Tip: You can cut the squares as small as you need to. If you’re serving the cake as a tasty canape, try cutting the tray bake into 50 pieces.



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