Zero Waste Christmas Cake

The winning recipe from this years Wasteless Pantry Bake Off….

Old-fashioned Christmas Cake


510g          sultanas

265g          raisins

155g          currants

150g          pitted dates (chopped)

100g          glace cherries (chopped)

75g   dried cranberries

75g   dried pineapple

50g   mixed peel

185ml brandy

2 tsp          finely grated orange rind

250g          softened butter

200g brown sugar

4       eggs

300g          plain flour

2 tsp mixed spice


* Blanched almonds & cherries to decorate

* 2 tbsp brandy to drizzle



Combine fruit and brandy in large bowl, cover with a lid and set aside for 2 days to macerate.

Grease a 22cm cake pan and line base with a reusable tray liner or grease a spring form cake pan.

Beat butter & sugar until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well until combined. Stir butter & fruit mixtures together. Add flour & mixed spice. Spoon into pan and tap lightly on benchtop to release any air bubbles, arrange almonds and cherries on top.

Bake at 150C covered with a bigger cake tin for 2 hours 30 mins to 3 hours. Drizzle hot cake with extra brandy. Cool thoroughly before turning out.

[Store in an airtight dark container for up to 3 months].

Recipe is adapted from


2 thoughts on “Zero Waste Christmas Cake

  1. Thanks for the cake recipe, I’m going to have a go at it, How do you think it would go with dark rum instead of brandy?
    An L plate baker 🙂

    1. Hi Dave,

      I’ve only ever made Christmas Cake twice in my lifetime but I think it would be fantastic! Let us know how it goes.


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