Spiced Brandy Icing Christmas Cake – Home Party Holiday Dessert Recipe Ideas


Spiced Brandy for feeding the cake: (this can be made days/weeks ahead)

  • 500ml Brandy
  • 3-4 star anise
  • 2-3 mace blades
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1-2 tsps of sugar

For the cake:

  • 40g ginger in syrup or I guess you could use about 20g of fresh ginger, very finely chopped
  • 90ml of spiced brandy (see above)
  • 85g dried cranberries
  • 85g dried chopped dates
  • 250g raisins
  • 250g sultanas
  • 1.5tsp mixed spice
  • 0.5tsp Pure Bourbon Vanilla Powder (if you have some. If you don’t you should get some it’s yummy)
  • 0.5tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g dairy free spread
  • 200g regular sugar (or dark muscovado if feeling lavish)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 90ml port
  • 200g plain flour + 1 tsp gluten free baking powder + 3/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsps linseeds (either whole or ground)

For the ‘marzipan’, icing and holly decoration:

  • 1.2kg sugarpaste icing
  • 1 pot Christmas Red ‘Sugarflair’ sugarpaste colouring, or pre-coloured red sugarpaste icing
  • 1 pot Holly Green ‘Sugarflair’ sugarpaste colouring, or pre-coloured green sugarpaste icing
  • 1 pot Egg Yellow ‘Sugarflair’ sugarpaste colouring
  • 1 pot Dark Brown ‘Sugarflair’ sugarpaste colouring
  • About 4tbsps of apricot jam
  • icing sugar to dust


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