Royal Christmas Cake

Filled with candied fruits and nuts, then topped with snowy-white frosting, this cake is a Christmas dessert recipe that will be memorable.

Royal Christmas Cake
45 mins
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups currants
  • 1 1/2 cups dark or golden raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups diced mixed candied fruits and peels
  • 1 cup candied red and/or green cherries
  • 1/2 cup almonds, ground*
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup rum, brandy, or orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Rum, brandy, or orange juice (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 8 ounce can almond paste
  • 1 Royal Icing (see recipe below)
Royal Icing
  • 4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup meringue powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Grease bottom and sides of two 9x1-1/2-inch round baking pans. Line bottoms with parchment or waxed paper. Grease paper; sprinkle bottom and sides of pans lightly with flour; set aside. Stir together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and cloves. Stir in currants, raisins, fruits and peels, cherries, and almonds. Set aside.
In a medium bowl beat eggs slightly with a fork. Add granulated sugar, butter, 1/2 cup rum, and lemon juice; stir until combined. Stir egg mixture into fruit mixture; pour into prepared pans.
Bake in a 300 degree F oven for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. (If necessary, cover pans loosely with foil after 1 hour to prevent overbrowning.) Cool in pans on wire racks 20 minutes; loosen edges. Remove cakes from pans. Cool thoroughly on wire racks.
Wrap layers separately in 100-percent cotton cheesecloth moistened with additional rum, brandy, or juice. Wrap with foil or place in large self-sealing plastic bags. Store in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks. Remoisten cheesecloth with a little additional rum if it becomes dry.
To assemble, up to 2 hours before serving, unwrap cake layers. Place 1 cake layer, top side down, on a serving plate. Spread with half of the almond paste. (Or, if paste is too thick to spread, divide in half and shape into balls. Place each ball between 2 sheets of parchment or waxed paper; flatten slightly. With a rolling pin, roll each portion into a 9-1/2-inch circle; trim to form a 9-inch circle. Remove top sheet of paper from 1 circle; invert onto cake. Remove remaining paper).
Spread about 3/4 cup of the Royal Icing over almond paste on first cake layer. Add second cake layer, top side up; spread or top with remaining almond paste. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining Royal Icing. If desired, garnish with bay leaves (do not eat). Let stand at least 30 minutes to allow Icing to set. Serve within 2 hours of frosting. Makes 16 servings.
Royal Icing
Combine powdered sugar, water, meringue powder, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on high speed 7 to 10 minutes or until very stiff. Use immediately; cover icing in bowl with damp paper towel or with plastic wrap while working to prevent drying. Makes about 3-1/2 cups.


  • *

    Use a grinder, blender, or food processor to grind nuts.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 565, Fat, total (g) 16, chol. (mg) 76, sat. fat (g) 6, carb. (g) 98, fiber (g) 2, pro. (g) 7, vit. A (RE) 103.02, vit. C (mg) 2.36, sodium (mg) 139, calcium (mg) 70.68, iron (mg) 2.7, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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