Christmas Cake Recipe

GERATEC is famous for its specialist nutritional care, where we combine therapeutic dietary needs and culinary innovation in the long-term care sector.

In light of the season of giving, our master bakers have decided to share our secret Festive Fruit Cake recipe with you.

Water 50 ml
Sugar white 258 g
Fruit cake mix 250 g
Dates chopped 375 g
Pecan Nuts chopped 150 g
Bicarbonate of soda 7 g
Margarine / Butter 250 g
Red glazed cherries 325 g
Eggs beaten   3
Vanilla essence 5 ml
Brandy 5 ml
Self-raising flour 330 g
Salt 3 g
All Spice 2 g
Mixed spice 2 g
Cinnamon 2 g
Nutmeg 2 g


  1. Preheat the oven to bake at 120°c.
  2. Grease the cake tin and line it with 3 layers of greaseproof paper (Size 18cm x 7cm).
  3. Add the water, sugar, cake mix, dates, nuts, margarine and bicarbonate of soda in a heavy bottom saucepan.
  4. Place the pan on the stove over low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Increase the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and let it cool completely before adding the eggs.
  7. Add the cherries to the saucepan.
  8. Add the eggs and stir through the mixture.
  9. Add the self-raising flour, spices and salt and stir through. Ensure the flour is mixed in completely.
  10. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for 2 hours and 30 minutes (Until the cake is cooked through).
  11. IMPORTANT- Let the cake cool down completely in the cake tin and pour half the brandy over.
  12. Pour the remaining brandy over, wrap and place in an airtight container.
  13. Important to let the cake mature for at least 4 weeks (add extra brandy if required).
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