Grandma Couperthwaite's Christmas cake

A traditional Christmas cake, originating from my grandma's family in the Lake District!

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It's coming ever closer to Christmas, and how better to get into the Christmas spirit than to do a bit of seasonal baking! There are plenty of Christmas-specific things you can have a go at making, but one of the best to get yourself feeling Christmassy is a good old-fashioned Christmas cake. This particular recipe came from my great-grandma (who came from the Lake District) and my family has used it for ages. It's a pretty foolproof recipe for making a great Christmas cake and it should be a big hit with anyone who comes over for Christmas dinner!

Grandma Couperthwaite's Christmas Cake

A traditional Christmas cake recipe

Prep time30min
Cook time5h
Total time5h 30min


  • 3/4 lb plain flour
  • 1 level teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 level teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 oz of candied peel
  • 4 oz of glace cherries
  • 4 oz of blanched or ground almonds
  • 1 lb of currants
  • 1/2 lb of sultanas
  • 1/2 lb of raisins (large, stoned)
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of stout (Guinness would be a good stout for this cake)
  • 1 tablespoon of rum
  • 1/2 lb of butter or margarine
  • 1/2 lb of soft brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of black treacle


  1. Sieve all the dry ingredients together and flour the raisins, then mix it in with the peel, fruit, almonds and lemon rind.
  2. Whisk the eggs, stout and rum together.
  3. Cream the butter, sugar and treacle until soft, then gradually stir in the eggs and flour (make sure you don't overbeat!).
  4. Add the fruit.
  5. Line an 8 inch or 9-inch cake tin with double-thickness greaseproof paper and tie a band of brown paper around the outside, well above the tin top.
  6. Stand on a double-thickness of brown paper.
  7. Bake for 5 hours in a fan oven at 120 degrees Celsius (248 degrees Fahrenheit).

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Traditional, passed down by my great-grandmother

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Comments (5)

  • Looks amazing!! Iโ€™m going to make our Christmas cake this weekend! I canโ€™t wait to have a house full of festive cake smells!

      1 month ago
  • Sounds delicious!

      1 month ago
  • I can have that all...its so fresh and neat ๐Ÿ˜

      1 month ago
  • Iโ€™m sure it tastes as good as it looks ๐Ÿ˜‹

      1 month ago