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Microwave Christmas Cake Recipe

Microwave Christmas Cake Recipe

Ingredients: Makes one 23 cm / 9 in cake

150 g/5 oz butter or margarine, softened
150 g/5 oz soft brown sugar

3 eggs
30 ml/2 tbsp black treacle (molasses)

225 g/8 oz/2 cups self-raising (self-rising) flour
10 ml/2 tsp ground mixed (apple-pie) spice
2.5 ml/0.5 tsp grated nutmeg
2.5 ml/0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
450 g/1 lb mixed dried fruit (fruit cake mix)
50 g/2 oz glace (candied) cherries
50 g/2 oz chopped mixed peel

50 g/2 oz chopped mixed nuts

30 ml/2 tbsp brandy
Additional brandy to mature the cake (optional)


Cream together the butter or margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and treacle, then fold in the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda. Gently stir in the fruit, mixed peel and nuts, then stir in the brandy. Spoon into a base-lined 23 cm/9 in microwave dish and microwave on Low for 4560 minutes. Leave to cool in the dish for 15 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to finish cooling.

When cool, wrap the cake in foil and store in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks. If liked, pierce the top of the cake several times with a thin skewer and sprinkle over some additional brandy, then re-wrap and store the cake. You can do this several times to create a richer cake.

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