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This Naked Christmas Cake looks like a decoration with glazed fruit and nuts on top. Get the recipe at Supper in the Suburbs!
Naked Christmas Cake with Glazed Nuts and Cherries
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs 20 mins
Decorating time
20 mins
Total Time
7 hrs 10 mins

Forget the worries of royal icing this Christmas and make this simple Naked Christmas Cake with Glazed Nuts and Cherries.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: almonds, apricot jam, brandy, butter, caster sugar, cherries, cinnamon, currants, dark treacle, eggs, flour, mixed peel, pecan, raisins, sultanas, walnut
Servings: 16 people
Author: Emma Walton
  • 300 grams dark brown sugar
  • 300 grams butter
  • 6 large eggs
  • 400 grams plain flour
  • 400 grams sultanas
  • 300 grams currants
  • 100 grams raisins
  • 150 grams mixed peel
  • 100 grams glace cherries
  • 100 grams chopped almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp dark treacle
  • 2 glasses brandy plus extra for feeding
To decorate
  • 2 tbsp apricot jam
  • walnut halves
  • whole almonds
  • pecan halves
  • glace cherries
To make the cake
  1. A day or two before you intend to make the cake, put all of the fruit into a bowl and pour over the brandy.
  2. Cover with Clingfilm and leave the fruit to rehydrate.
  3. The day you wish to bake your cake, begin by beating the butter and sugar until creamy.
  4. Slowly add the eggs to the mixture one at a time ensuring they are fully combined before adding the next one.
  5. Next, fold in the flour, chopped almonds, cinnamon and then fruit (with any juices left in the bowl) and treacle.
  6. Line a cake tin (roughly 9” x 3 ½”), pour the batter into the lined tin and bake for 6hrs and 20 mins on Gas Mark 1.
  7. Leave to cool before removing from the tin.
  8. Over the next few days drizzle a tbsp of brandy over it each day.
To decorate
  1. Melt 2 tbsp of apricot jam and brush over the cake.
  2. Gently push the nuts and glace cherries on to the cake in any design you wish using the sticky jam as glue.
  3. Leave the nuts and cherries to set on to the cake.
  4. Finally, heat a little more jam and brush over the top of the nuts and cherries to give a shiny finish.