Get ready for Christmas cake! Start preparing your drunken fruits

Christmas cake is an ancient tradition, but did you know that it actually has Celtic origins? The word Christmas comes from the Mass of Christ, which in Latin means “Christmas”. So when we say ‘Christmas cake’, we are literally saying ‘Christ mass’. How cool is that?

The story goes like this: During the dark winter months, farmers would put away all their crops and livestock to survive until spring. When December came, they had very little left over, so they would sacrifice the Christmas cake decorations to make offerings to the gods, hoping that they would bless their land with new life when spring came. That’s why we still have the custom of eating ‘Christmas pudding’ on Christmas Day, a tradition that dates back to pagan times when people offered bread and fruit as sacrifices on the New Year.

So what exactly is Christmas cake? It’s an old British recipe made from dried fruit and nuts (sometimes called “fruitcake”). Traditionally it was made with a whole loaf of bread that had been baked for the previous year and then cut into small pieces. These pieces were mixed with raisins, currants, dried currents, and other preserved fruits, along with some oatmeal and sometimes even rice. To prevent spoilage, these cakes would be buried underground until ready to eat (this is where the term ‘bury’ comes from). The reason this recipe has survived so long is that it is unique – there is nothing like it on the market! The flavors are so intense that they literally explode in your mouth.

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In the past, the Christmas cake was a very important part of the Christmas culture. It was often used as an engagement gift for young women or as a wedding gift for newlyweds (believed to bring good luck). In fact, if you were lucky enough to get your hands on one of these cakes, you would be considered very lucky. All the best cakes come laden with dried fruits that have been soaked in alcohol until they’re practically drunk. This simple recipe helps you easily combine all the flavors of the season.


  • 100 grams of black raisins/currants
  • 100 grams of golden raisins
  • 100 grams of dried plums
  • 100 grams of dried cranberries
  • 100 grams of chopped cherries
  • 4 tablespoons of finely candied orange peels
  • 50 grams of chopped walnuts
  • 50 grams chopped
  • 50 grams chopped cashews
  • dark rum as needed


  • In a clean, dry airtight glass container, add 100 grams each of chopped cherries, dried plums, dried cranberries, golden raisins, and black raisins along with 4 tablespoons of finely chopped candied orange peels.
  • Next, add 50 grams of chopped cashews, almonds and almonds. Mix it well around.
  • Add a good quality rum to the container. About 500ml tr enough to completely cover the fruits and nuts.
  • Close tightly and leave it at room temperature in a cool, dry place. Mix everything every two days and add more rum if the level is low and the fruits are not covered.
  • Store for at least 3 weeks before using and up to one year.

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