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Auntie Vi’s Christmas Cake Recipe

Submitted by on October 14, 2010 – 3:42 pm8 Comments

Auntie Vi is actually my mum Mary Madge Vivien Ross but to many she is known as Auntie Vi. A friend’s son Luke, who always knew her as Auntie Vi, was terribly upset when at about 18 or 19 he found out she wasn’t his real Auntie.

At 88 years young she is still using this recipe for Christmas cake and makes several each year for friends and family. She must have made hundreds of cakes using this recipe over the years as it’s been used for weddings, birthdays and christenings.

It is the best fruit cake I have ever tasted, really moist and so tasty. Great with a piece of tasty Lancashire and a small port.

** If you are looking for a vegan version, have a look at our Vegan Christmas Cake recipe,
also on this site. **


8 oz/225g light brown sugar or *raw cane sugar* – LJ241 or *LJ251*
8 oz/225g butter
8 oz/225g plain flour
1 ½ oz/43g chopped almonds – NU013 or* NU217* *
2 oz/55g cherries – DR221 or *DR868*
1 ½ level teaspoons cocoa powder – *LJ189*
1 oz/28g black treacle
1 tablespoon Sherry, Brandy or Rum (or more)
A splash of milk (or soya milk)
4 eggs – beaten
8 oz/225g currants – DR097 or *DR073*
8 oz/225g sultanas – DR114 or *DR066*
8 oz/225g raisins – DR186 or *DR065*
1 oz/28g ground almonds – NU143 or *NU387*
2 oz/55g mixed peel – DR203 or *DR205*
1 level teaspoon mixed spice – HE148
½ level teaspoon nutmeg – HE150 or *HE384*
½ level teaspoon cinnamon – HE139 or *HE166*
1 teaspoon coffee
Zest of 1 lemon
Zest of 1 orange


Prepare a cake tin 8” x 8” by lining with baking parchment. Soak the dried fruits in boiling water for a few minutes and then drain. Soften butter and cream together with the sugar then add the zest of lemon and orange. Add beaten eggs and mix in the treacle.

Add the flour, cocoa powder, spices and nuts and fold in the drained fruits and mixed peel with either Sherry, Rum or Brandy and a little milk and the coffee. Bake in oven 150dgrees C, 300 degrees F or Gas mark 2 for 3 – 4 hours. It’s ready when a knitting needle inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Transfer to a cooling rack and put in a tin when cold. I then make a few holes in the cake with the knitting needle and ‘feed’ the cake every few days by pouring over some brandy or rum.

**you will need to blanch these almonds before using by simply popping into boiling water for a couple of minutes and the skins will slip off easily.*

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  • […] we published our Auntie Vi’s Christmas Cake recipe on this site, we were asked if we could include a vegan version also. This eggless fruit cake uses […]

  • M Melius says:

    This recipe seems to be missing some parts when do u add the flour

  • admin says:

    Hi Merlicia. Thanks for the interest in the recipe. We have checked with our in-house cake guru Sheena who has pointed out the flour should go in after the eggs. The corrected recipe now reads…
    “Add beaten eggs. When well mixed, add the flour, fold in the drained fruits with either Sherry, Rum or Brandy and a little milk.”
    Please let us know how you get on with the cake.
    All the best

  • tracey says:

    Hi, when do you add the spices, when do you sdd the treacle,the cocoa, the coffee and the other ingredients mentioned but left out of the recipe.

  • admin says:

    Hi Tracey, sorry about that! Have corrected the post now. Usually I add the spices to the flour when I bake, mix it together and then follow the recipe as normal. Hope that makes sense! Amy @ Suma

  • tracey says:

    best Xmas cake Ive tasted. thanks

  • Nes says:

    Baked this just before Christmas – had to avoid egg, nuts and sunflower oil
    It’s a great tasting cake was everyone’s opinion
    10/10 for this
    Thank you

  • admin says:

    Glad you enjoyed it and it turned out well! Thanks for letting us know

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