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Light Christmas fruit cake recipe

This Christmas fruit cake recipe is light, but packed with the fruit and nuts flavours of Christmas. A slice of fruit cake is perfect for morning tea. Find more on Kidspot New Zealand's recipe finder



  • 500g fruit medley
  • 750g mixed fruit
  • 750g raw mixed nuts
  • 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or essence


Preheat oven to 150°C. Butter a 20cm square tin with butter, line base and sides.

In a large bowl, combine fruit and nuts, sift in flour and baking powder and stir until fruit and nuts are well coated.

Beat eggs and sugar until light and creamy, pour over dry ingredients, add vanilla and mix well.

Spoon mixture into cake tin, smooth top and bake for 2-2 1/2 hours. Cool in tin, remove and wrap in plastic wrap, then foil.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


  • Use a serrated bread knife to cut this cake. Try for thin slices (0.5cm) as it is quite rich.
  • You can now buy thin bars of this cake in foodie sections of department stores - but can make the whole cake for the same price!
  • This cake has fewer ingredients to Traditional Christmas Cake, is simpler to put together and a lighter alternative.
  • This recipe was created by Melissa Hughes for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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