Exotic Christmas Cake Recipe

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 Updated 22/06/2015

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This sort of fruit cake is also known as "White Fruit Cake" because it turns out a much paler colour than the traditional Christmas Cake. This recipe is made exotic by the addition of stem ginger and glace pineapple.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup caster/superfine sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 cup drained, chopped stem ginger
  • 1 level teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup chopped glace pineapple
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied peel
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • grated rind 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
(see measure conversions for more information on quantites)


  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light in texture and pale in colour.
  2. Sieve the flour and baking powder together.
  3. Beat one egg into the butter and sugar mixture.
  4. Add a little flour.
  5. Beat well.
  6. Repeat for each remaining egg.
  7. Fold in the remaining flour.
  8. Add all the other ingredients.
  9. Spoon the mixture into a cake tin lined with greaseproof paper.
  10. Bake at about 150 degrees centigrade (see temperature conversions) for 2 1/2 - 3 hours.
  11. Top with almond icing and then royal icing if required.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 180 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 portions


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