Making a Christmas cake at home can be a delightful and rewarding experience, especially when time is of the essence. While traditional Christmas cakes often involve lengthy preparation and baking times, here’s a quick and easy recipe for a delicious Christmas cake that you can make in just 30 minutes.
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Quick and Easy Christmas Cake Recipe
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 cup of mixed dried fruits (raisins, currants, chopped dates)
- 1/2 cup of chopped nuts (walnuts or almonds)
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- Confectioners’ sugar for dusting (optional)
- Preheat the Oven:
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a round cake pan or a festive-shaped cake mold.
- Mix Dry Ingredients:
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg.
- Cream Butter and Sugar:
In another bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. This can be done with an electric mixer or by hand using a whisk.
- Add Eggs and Vanilla:
Beat in the eggs, one at a time, ensuring each is fully incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and mix well.
- Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the milk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
- Fold in Fruits and Nuts:
Gently fold in the mixed dried fruits and chopped nuts into the batter. Ensure an even distribution throughout the batter.
- Transfer to Cake Pan:
Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, spreading it evenly.
Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The exact time may vary, so keep an eye on it.
- Cool and Decorate:
Allow the cake to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, you can dust it with confectioners’ sugar for a festive touch.
- Serve and Enjoy:
Slice the Christmas cake and savor the delicious flavors of the season. You can serve it as is or add a dollop of whipped cream for extra indulgence.
This quick and easy Christmas cake is perfect for those moments when you want to enjoy a homemade treat without spending hours in the kitchen. Happy baking and Merry Christmas!
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