Traditional Christmas Cake

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Appears in

The Times Calendar Cookbook

By Katie Stewart

Published 1977

  • About

Butter makes rich cakes keep moist much longer. Use it to make your Christmas cakes, and any other cakes that are intended to be kept for some time to mature.


  • 275 g/10 oz plain flour
  • 1 level teaspoon mixed spice


Sieve together the flour, spice and salt and set aside. Cream together the butter and sugar until very soft and light. Lightly mix the eggs, treacle and vanilla essence together, then gradually beat into the creamed mixture a little at a time. Add some of the flour along with the last few additions of egg. Add 1–2 t