Bourke Street Bakery Christmas Cake

8 servings
45 min
25 min
Very Easy




  • Add the sugar and water in a saucepan and stir over high heat until the mixture boils. Let the mixture cool.
  • Meanwhile, in a large airtight container, add the sultanas, chopped prunes, currants, dates, raisins and figs. Pour over the brandy and cooled sugar syrup and stir well until the fruit is coated.
  • Replace the lid and let the fruit marinate at room temperature for 5 weeks. Stir the fruit daily for the first week, and then once a week thereafter.
  • Grease two 13cm round cake tins and line the base and sides with baking paper. Do a couple of layers on the side, as fruit cakes are prone to burning. Preheat the oven to 190c.
  • Cream the butter, sugar, honey, marmalade and golden syrup with an electric mixer until pale. Slowly pour in the eggs, allowing them to incorporate well each time. If the mix starts to curdle or separate, add a little flour to keep it together. Once all the eggs have been added, pour in the flour, spice and almond meal, and mix until just incorporated. Stir in the fruit soak.
  • Pour half of the batter in each cake tin and firmly tap them on the bench. Place both on a baking tray and immediately lower the oven to 160c, baking for 40 minutes. Turn the tray 180 degrees and bake for a further 20 minutes. The cakes are done when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. The authors note that it might take up to 1hr and 20mins. If the top starts to brown during this time, cover the tops with aluminium foil. Once done, allow to cool completely in the tins.
  • Use a skewer to make 20-30 deep holes in the top of each cake. Lay down a sheet of aluminium foil, then a sheet of baking paper on top, big enough to wrap each cake individually. Place one cake in the centre of the baking paper and brush the top with around 1 teaspoon of brandy. Wrap the cake in the baking paper and foil casing and store in an airtight container at room temperature. Make sure each cake is fully wrapped in foil, as the alcohol will evaporate if there are holes. Every 3-4 days, unwrap each cake and brush another teaspoon of brandy on the top. Keep this up until the cakes cannot absorb anymore alcohol.
  • Cream the butter and icing sugar until fluffy and pale in colour. Gradually pour in the brandy a little at a time, mixing well until all added together. Scoop the butter into a microwavable container and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve the butter at room temperature. Will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.

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