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Cranberry Apple Rum Spiced Christmas Cake

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Cranberry Apple Rum Spiced Christmas Cake

Because of the babka debacle from last weekend I had to come up with another bake for some friends.  I decided to bake this christmas cake again as it is really quite good.  I like the combination of the tart cranberries with the sweet honey crisp apples with the spices and rum in this cake.  I like to do a lemon drizzle icing more for the look than anything.

For three loaf pans

7.5 cups flour

2.5 tsp baking soda

1.25 tsp salt

3.75 cup vegetable oil

7.5 large eggs

3.75 cups granulated sugar

1.25 cups packed brown sugar

2.5 tbsp cinnamon

1.25 tsp nutmeg

3 tbsp rum

2.5 tsp vanilla

7.5 apples ¼” dice 

3.125 cups cranberries coursely chopped


Place a rack in the middle position and preheat oven to 350ºF.  Butter and flour the pans.


Sift together flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl.


Whisk together oil, eggs, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, rum and vanilla in a large bowl until just combined.  Fold in flour mixture until just combined, then fold in apples and cranberries.  The batter will feel thick and heavy.  Spoon batter into pans.


Bake until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean.  If baking all three loaves at once it may take up to 1 hour 50 mins.  For one loaf about 1 hour 15 mins.  Remove to rack to cool for 30 mins and then remove from the pans and allow to fully cool on the cooling rack.


Make a lemon drizzle icing and pour onto each fully cooled loaf.


gavinc's picture

Wow! These look great. Love the ingredients, especially the rum. My wife asked me for some rum for this years Christmas pudding and when I checked the bottle she had put a whole cup in and let the fruit soak for a few days. Looking forward to tasting it. It may be adults only :)