Baking the ultimate Christmas cake recipe involves careful selection of dried fruits and spirits.

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Chop the dried fruits into small pieces.

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Mix the dried fruit for your best Christmas cake recipe with brandy or rum.

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Mix well, cover, and let the fruits soak.

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To create your best ever Christmas cake, blend butter and brown sugar in a stand mixer bowl.

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

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The mixture may appear lumpy and curdled; this is normal.

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

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Combine the soaked fruit and any remaining liquid with the Christmas cake batter, and mix thoroughly.

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Scrape that delicious Christmas cake mixture into a triple-lined pan.

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Level the surface to ensure it's even.

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Bake your best Christmas cake ever, until it's deep brown and firm to touch.

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Brush the cake top with more alcohol, cover, and let it cool overnight.

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Brush that best Christmas cake recipe with alcohol once more and let it mature for a few days (or, better, a few weeks!).

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