A perfect traditional Christmas cake recipe needs careful selection of dried fruits and alcohol.

Chop the dried fruits into small pieces.

Combine the dried fruit for your traditional Christmas cake recipe with rum or brandy.

Mix very well, then cover and let the fruit soak to make them plump and boozy.

To make the traditional Christmas cake recipe, cream butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer.

Add eggs one at a time to the butter mixture, beating after each addition.

It's normal for the mixture to look lumpy and curdled.

Sift dry ingredients into the butter and egg mix, then mix to combine.

Add the soaked fruit and any remaining liquid to the Christmas cake batter, then mix well.

Scrape the traditional Christmas cake recipe mixture into a triple-lined pan.

Smooth out the surface to make it even.

Bake your traditional Christmas cake recipe until it's deep brown and firm to touch.

Brush the top of the hot cake with extra alcohol, then cover and set aside to cool overnight.

Brush the traditional Christmas cake with alcohol again, then store for a few weeks to mature. Enjoy!