Last-minute quick-mix Christmas cake

Puddings and cakes

  • Serves: 8
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 2 hours and 20 minutes


225g wholemeal flour
140g soft dark sugar
140g unsalted butter – softened
175g mixed dried fruit
450g good quality mincemeat
55g walnuts – chopped
3 eggs
3tsp baking powder
2tsp mixed spice
Grated zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170c/325f/G3.
  2. Grease and line a 20cm spring-form cake tin.
  3. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until smooth and even.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the tin and smooth the surface.
  5. Cut a circle of greaseproof paper and lay over the cake. Make a small hole in the centre of the paper to allow the steam to escape.
  6. Bake for 90-120 minutes, until the cake is firm and springy to the touch.
  7. Allow to cool in the tin for 20 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
  8. If required, marzipan and ice the following day.