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Start December off with a delicious bang! This is our official Twinings Christmas Cake Recipe. This gorgeous Christmas cake is infused with our Earl Grey Tea to give it that extra ultimate festive flavour.

All your family will want this Christmas is this stunning Earl Grey Christmas Cake….

INGREDIENTS

Qty Ingredients
750ml Red grape juice, still or sparkling
1 Orange, zested and juice
4 Eggs
3 Earl Grey Pyramids
1kg Mix dried apricots, cherries, sultanas, cranberries
100g Glace Morello Cherries
50g Mixed peel
4 Pieces Stem Ginger
2 Star Anise
2 Pieces of Cinnamon Bark
250g Butter
185g Muscovado Sugar
200g Flour
75g Ground Almonds
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt

Decoration INGREDIENTS

Qty Ingredients
100g Marzipan
150g Sugar Paste (available in cake supply aisle)

Method

  • Bring the 500ml red grape juice, orange zest and juice, cinnamon bark, star anise and the Earl grey pyramid bags to the boil in a large saucepan.
  • Reduce by half and discard the teabags.
  • Then add the dried fruit. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 mins until the fruits are plump.
  • Remove the cinnamon bark and star anise after you reduce the liquid
  • Add the remaining red grape juice, the butter and sugar and stir everything till melted.

  • Remove off the heat and allow to cool slightly before adding all the dry ingredients to the mixture.
  • Preheat the oven to 150c
  • Gradually beat in the eggs into the cake mixture and pour the mixture into a lined 8 inch cake tin.
  • Wrap the outer with newspaper and a damp tea towel and secure with an elastic band.

  • Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin.

To Decorate

  • Brush the top of the cake with a little water.
  • Roll out the marzipan and cut out a circle the same size as the cake and place on top.
  • Repeat with sugar paste. Decorate with sugar paste stars and holly leaves.

This Christmas cake can be made up to a week before Christmas. To feed pour a few tablespoons of red grape juice over the cake 3 times throughout the week and wrap tightly in several layers of cling film.

Adult Tip: If you want to make this Christmas Cake extra yummy, add your favourite tipple to the mixture. This will also make the cake last a lot longer.

We hope this Christmas Cake makes your day an extremely festive and delicious event. Merry Christmas!

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