There are lots of Christmas traditions around eating and drinking but we thought we would share one that was shared with us by our client Annie Hughes.  How about a traditional Christmas Cake that tastes delicious?

This beautiful Christmas cake recipe from Teresa Cutter, ‘The Healthy Chef’  was made and shared Annie Hughes – thank you so much 🙂

Have a fantastic Christmas xx


  • 600g mixed dried fruit with ginger & raisins
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract or paste
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • zest and juice from 1 orange
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 eggs
  • 200g (2 cups) ground almonds
  • Small tin of crushed pineapple drained


  1. Preheat oven to 150°C / 300°F, fan forced.
  2. Prepare a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper.
  3. Combine dried fruit, spice, vanilla, orange zest & juice, oil and eggs.
  4. Spoon cake batter into baking tin. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  5. Check with a skewer, if not coming out clean, bake for another 30 minutes.
  6. Cover the top if necessary to prevent over-browning.
  7. 8. Cool, then remove from the tin and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Will keep up to a month.


If you wish, soak your cake in orange liqueur, as soon as you remove the cake from the oven, skewer holes through the cake and drizzle over ¼ cup orange liqueur so it can penetrate through the holes and infuse into the cake.


Make icing with butter and brandy, cover with roasted walnuts.

This cake can also be served as a pudding served with vanilla bean custard or thick natural yogurt.


Recipe: The Healthy Chef: Purely Delicious cookbook by Teresa Cutter.


Recipe: The Healthy Chef: Purely Delicious cookbook by Teresa Cutter.

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