Stained Glass Christmas Cake
Stained Glass Christmas Cake
Preparation time:
Cooking time:
1 hour, 10
30 Serves


  • Cooking oil spray
  • 1 cup whole blanched almonds (170g)
  • 1 cup macadamias (150g), whole and halved
  • ½ cup brazil nuts (80g)
  • 1 cup quartered glace pineapple (250g), firmly packed
  • ½ cup quartered glace peaches (150g), firmly packed
  • ½ cup quartered glace apricots (150g), firmly packed
  • 1½ cups mixed glace cherries (300g)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 100g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tblsp orange-flavoured liqueur
  • ½ cup hazelnut meal
  • ¼ cup self-raising flour
  • ¼ cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ cup apricot jam
  1. Method
  2. Notes

  1. Spray three petite loaf pans (6.5cm x 13cm base) with cooking oil. Line base and two long sides of each pan with baking paper, coming 3cm above edges of pans.
  2. Spread almonds, macadamias and brazil nuts over an oven tray.
  3. Cook in a moderate oven (180C) for 7 minutes, or until golden. Cool.
  4. Transfer three-quarters of the nuts to a large bowl. Add three-quarters of the fruit. Mix well.
  5. Beat eggs and sugar in a small bowl of an electric mixer until thick and creamy. Add cooled butter and liqueur. Beat until just combined. Pour over nut mixture.
  6. Add meal, flour and spices. Using a wooden spoon, mix until well combined. Spoon evenly into pans. Arrange remaining nuts
  7. and fruit evenly over cake mixture.
  8. Cook in a slow oven (150C) for 1 hour, 10 minutes, or until cooked when tested. Stand in pans for 10 minutes before lifting out onto a wire rack. Cool completely.
  9. Heat jam in a small saucepan over a medium heat, stirring, until melted. Strain into a small bowl. Discard solids. Brush jam over cold cakes. Refrigerate overnight.
  10. Serve cake cut into thin slices.

TIP: Alter fruits and nuts to suit your taste – try figs, dates and glace ginger. Cakes can be made up to three months ahead. Store, wrapped in plastic, in an airtight container in the fridge.

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