Homemade Irish fruit cake 18



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Christine has shared this beautiful traditional recipe with us today that has been passed down her family.

It has all the iconic Irish flavours and that warm Christmas-y feel we all love so much.

Christine says “With the left over whiskey I recommend you drink it until you pass out, then the stress of Christmas Day will not bother you! Merry Christmas”.


  • 450g raisins
  • 450g sultanas
  • 100g dates
  • 100g glace cherries
  • 50g prunes
  • 50g glace pineapple
  • 50g mixed peel
  • 1 dessert spoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 1 dessert spoon grated orange rind
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 50g walnuts
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 200g butter
  • 50g ground almonds 
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup orange juice


  1. Stone prunes, chop all fruit and combine in large screw top jar with rinds, juices, whiskey and finely chopped apple. Shake jar well to mix ingredients evenly. Store jar in a cool dry place for 3 weeks. Reverse jar every day.
  2. Chop walnuts, beat butter until soft, add sugar and heat until combined. Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. Put fruit mix into large basin, add walnuts, ground almonds and creamed mixture, mix well. Stir in sifted dry ingredients.
  3. Spread mixture into prepared 8″ deep square tin. Bake in slow oven for approximately 3 hours.
  4. Remove from oven and brush with extra whiskey.

Christine Massey

I am a 61-year-old dysfunctional child of a problem mother. I tend to look at the world with the philosophy "Laugh hard, you could be dead tomorrow!"

  1. What left over whiskey? We have a still & make our own – but there’s still none left for putting into a cake- shame as I wouldn’t mind making this cake — looks very yummy.

  2. I’ve rarely felt xmas day stress. My family never wanted more than seafood and salads followed by a pav. With extended family in UK and other parts of the world it’s always been a quiet low key day.

  3. Left over whisky ?? Left over whisky ??? What kind of joke is that . . I ask ?????😂😂😂😂💕🎉🎉

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