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 (can substitute orange juice for alcohol free)

2 tsp          finely grated orange rind

250g          softened butter (can substitute canola oil for dairy free version)

200g brown sugar

4       eggs (can substitute 4 tsp flaxseed meal and 4 Tbsp water for egg free version)

300g          plain flour (can substitute gluten free plain flour)

2 tsp mixed spice


* Blanched almonds & cherries to decorate

* 2 tbsp brandy to drizzle optional



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].


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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