Here’s my Christmas cake recipe

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Julia's first Christmas cake Wow, what a great weekend we had with the Elemis Today’s Special Value – I’m so pleased you liked it, and what fantastic value it was too! Keeley’s so nice, and I wasn’t joking when I said that she texted me to say my ‘chest’ was looking fab and what was I using?

It was also brilliant to see the launch of ghd on QVC. I bought my pink straighteners a couple of years ago, as some of the money went to Breast Cancer charities.

And talking of new shows, don’t miss the launch of Dyson this coming Saturday. If you’re in the market for a fab new vacuum cleaner then be sure to tune in at 8pm.

Right, down to the serious stuff! Thanks for all your comments on my chocolate cake recipe, and as promised, here’s the recipe I use for my Christmas cake – hope you enjoy it. By the way, the picture is of me holding the first Christmas cake I made!

Ingredients:

450g (1lb) mixed dried fruit
60g (2oz) glace cherries, halved
Grated rind of one lemon
2 tablespoons brandy
140g (5oz) plain flour
1 teaspoon mixed spice
30g (1oz) ground almonds
115g (4oz) soft dark brown sugar
115g (4oz) margarine
1 tablespoon black treacle
3 medium free range eggs

Method:

1. Double line a 18cm (7″) round cake tin with greaseproof paper and tie a double thickness of brown paper around the outside of the tin, making sure both lots of paper rise 7.5cm (3″) above the rim of the tin.
2. Put the dried fruit, glace cherries, lemon rind and brandy in a large bowl and mix together well (you can even leave the mixture to stand overnight).
3. Sift the flour and mixed spice into another large bowl. Add the ground almonds, sugar, margarine, black treacle and eggs and beat together for 2 – 3 minutes until the mixture is smooth and glossy. It shouldn’t be too runny, if it is you can add another 30g (1oz) of flour to thicken it up a little.
4. Using a large metal spoon, add the fruit to the flour mixture and fold until the fruit is evenly distributed.
5. Let everyone in the family have a stir and make a wish!
6. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and smooth the top over with the back of the spoon. Bake in the centre of a preheated cool oven (140C/275F/gas mark 1)for two and a half hours. If the cake is evenly risen and starting to shrink from the sides of the tin, then it’s cooked. If not, pop it back into the oven for another 15 – 20 minutes.
7. When the cake is cold remove it from the tin but leave the greaseproof paper in place. Using a thin, sharp bladed knife, make about a dozen holes in the cake and spoon over 4 – 6 tablespoons of brandy. Cover the top of the cake with a disc of greaseproof paper and fold sides over it to complete the wrapping. Then wrap in tin foil and store upside down in a cool place.

I usually make my cake on the first weekend of December, then marzipan and ice it on Christmas Eve and let the children lose on the decorations! Do let me know how your versions turn out.

All the best,
Julia.xx.

8 Comments

  1. freya January 25, 2009 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    hello julia, I love your shows and enjoy watching you on qvc, I think you are a remarkable woman who achieved so much in life. I have a query for you have noticed qvc caters for larger ladies, I am a british petite size 8-10 all the fashion qvc brings are way way too big for uk petite ladies. (there are so many of us petite ladies out there). qvc chest sizes are in all brands whether kim co or butler wilson or print fusion the chest sizes are 38 upwards, we want chest sizes 33″ 34″ to 36″ for us petite ladies. I think I speak for all those petite ladies out there. please please can you find ways for your buyers to negotiate the sizes. please if you can reply back. your true fan. freya in birmingham

  2. Lesley Rackham January 30, 2009 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I had to post a comment after the reading the above. I too am a petite lady and watch in envy at some of the clothes on QVC. I have ordered quite a few things but returned most of them as they are too big. We petite bodies certainly have a problem finding clothes, I love QVC and am always pleased when you are the presenter, you do such an excellent job. I trust your judgement and comments. I did write a comment about your Christmas cake and will be trying it during the year but could you let me know if the temperatures are for a fan oven please? Keep up the good work Julia, love Lesley

  3. julia roberts February 13, 2009 at 1:09 am -  Reply

    Hello Freya and Lesley – I will certainly push again for us to do a ‘proper’ petite range. I totally agree with you and have asked the question many times over the years BUT no harm in asking again. Lesley the temperatures are for a regular electric oven, but my oven is fan assisted and it doesn’t seem to make any difference – maybe it’s because it’s such a low setting? Thank you both for your lovely comments
    Julia xx

  4. tara April 4, 2009 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    hey it’s always a laugh when yur on with b&w and when your not and simon says something about you and as soon as he says that he always says sorry.

  5. julia roberts April 15, 2009 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tara, so what has Simon been saying about me now???? – you better keep me posted! We are on together next Tuesday 21st – if you’re around you should call in, then we can put him on the spot ……. love him really!
    Julia x

  6. Susan/October 7 2009 October 7, 2009 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, you are my favourite presenter on QVC and I enjoy all you present as you are just fantastic. Please can you let me into your secret of what beauty product you presenters use on your décolletage when presenting jewellery. You all shimmer beauifully. I would love to be able to purchase the product you use.

  7. julia roberts October 27, 2009 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    Hello Susan
    I was sure I had replied to you, but it is not posted so maybe not! Thanks for your lovely compliments, I really appreciate them. I’m not sure what the other girls use but I use ‘TRUE’ from Bare Escentuals which is easy to just dust on.
    Hope it’s in stock
    love
    Julia xx

  8. larraine December 29, 2009 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, christmas 2008 i read your recipe for your christmas cake unfortunatly i had already made mine, so this year i made it in fact i made one for myself and one each for my two daughter in laws i have to say it was the most delicious cake i have tasted and so easy to make ao thank you for sharing your recipe now looking forward to trying your chocolate cake. Have a great 2010

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