Donna Hay’s snowy Christmas fruit cake

A furry of frosting, fruit and nuts. Bake your own iced, spiced, white Christmas with Donna Hay’s snowy Christmas fruit cake recipe.

SERVES 16-24

450g raisins
240g sultanas
160g dried currants
160g medjool dates, pitted and chopped 140g slivered almonds
180ml brandy, plus 2-3 tbsp extra
250g unsalted butter, softened
220g light brown sugar
4 medium eggs
335g plain our, sifted
1⁄4 tsp bicarbonate of soda, sifted
11⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground allspice

WHITE ICING + ON TOP

320g icing sugar, sifted, plus
extra for dusting
1-11⁄2 tbsp boiling water
gingerbread snowmen and twigs for decorating (optional)

1. Place the raisins, sultanas, currants, dates and almonds in a large bowl. Add the brandy, mix to combine and cover with cling lm. Allow to soak in a cool dark place overnight, mixing occasionally.

1.  Preheat oven to 140c/gas 1. Line a 20cm round cake tin (10cm deep) with
2 layers of nonstick baking paper. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium speed for 8 minutes or until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Set aside.

2. Add the our, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and allspice to the soaked fruit and mix well, ensuring the fruit is evenly coated with our. Add the butter mixture and stir until well combined. spoon into the tin and smooth the top. Bake for 2 hours or until cooked when tested with a skewer.

3.  Spoon over the extra brandy while the cake is still warm. Allow to cool completely in the tin.

4. Add icing sugar and water in a medium bowl and mix to combine. Turn the cake out on to a cake stand or plate. Spoon on the icing and smooth with a palette knife. Dust the snowmen with sugar and place on the cake. Add decorative twigs to serve, if wished.