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Rich Fruit Christmas Cake

A deliciously rich and moist fruit cake, with dried mixed fruit, fresh apple and background notes of brandy.

Rich Fruit Christmas Cake

Preparation Time: 40 minutes

Serves: 20

Cooking Time: 2 hours 30 minutes


We've used our 700W Hand Blender and Dualit Hand Mixer to create this festive favourite - complete with sweet dried fruit, warming mixed spice and a little dash of the good stuff. If you want to soak your mixed fruit in advance, try our Rum and Citrus Soaked Fruit recipe.


  1. Grate or chop the apple in the Chopping Bowl attachment of the Dualit 700W Hand Blender, before squeezing a little lemon juice over to prevent browning and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the sugar and butter and mix with the flatbeaters attachment of the Dualit Hand Mixer. Slowly add the eggs, flour, spice and treacle then combine.
  3. Stir in all the mixed fruit, cherries, brandy if using and grated apple.
  4. Turn the mixture into a lined and buttered 23cm round or square tin, and cover the top of the mixture with a disc or square piece of parchment.
  5. Place the tin on the middle shelf of a preheated oven on 177ºC/165º fan/Gas Mark 3-4 and bake for 2-2.5 hours.
  6. Check on the cake halfway through baking, and remove the parchment paper, and continue to keep an eye on the browning. Check again after 30 mins and, if needed, cover the top loosley with foil. A skewer should come out clean to indicate the cake is fully baked.
  7. Leave the cake to cool completely, before covering and storing in an airtight container.
  8. Continue to feed with alcohol (if desired) by piercing the cake with a skewer and dripping brandy over the top.
  9. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.



  • This cake can be made a few months in advance, and gets better with time.
  • Nuts can be added to the mixture for an extra element of both texture and flavour.
  • Marzipan and royal icing can also be used to decorate the cake for a more traditional look and feel.


Dualit Products Used

We've used the Dualit 700W Hand Blender with Chopping Bowl attachment to grate the apple needed for this recipe, as well as the Dualit Hand Mixer to combine all the ingredients together!

Hand Mixer



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