Healthy Christmas Cake


If you’re starting to curate your Christmas menu, we’ve got the perfect nourishing dessert for you!  Our fruit & hazelnut cake is packed with flavour and the delicious combination of cranberries, blueberries, oranges and vanilla marry beautifully to create a healthy spin on a Christmas classic.

This is an easy recipe that your family and friends will love.  In comparison to other Christmas desserts it is straightforward to make and healthier too.  Our Founder Chris James loves it, and what’s more you can keep  the Christmas vibe by decorating the cake as you wish.

Healthy Christmas Cake

The ingredients are…


  • 200g butter
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 250g brown sugar
  • 200g cherry
  • 100g rasin
  • 100g cranberry
  • 100g blueberry
  • 1 orange, zest and juice
  • 100g almond, chopped
  • 100g hazelnut, chopped
  • 1tp vanilla extract
  • 50ml brandy


The method is…


  1. Heat the oven to 160C/140C . Take a cake tin and grease it with a bit of butter and flour.
  2. Put the fruit (cherries, raisins, cranberries,blueberries, orange zest and juice) and brandy  into a small pan and let it boil and simmer all together for about 3-4 minutes. Let it cool.
  3. Put the sugar, butter and vanilla in a bowl and mix it  with a mixer until everything is merged and soft.
  4. Add the eggs, flour, almonds, hazelnuts . Mix again until all the ingredients are combined.
  5. Put the cake mixture into the cake tin.
  6. Bake for 1 hr 20 mins. Let it cool.


For the decorations on the top, you can use fruit as fresh cranberries or blueberries.

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  • Emma Stephenson
    Posted at 15:06h, 04 January Reply

    I love the berries! Can I add blackberries as well? Thank you for the recipe Xx

    • Chris James
      Posted at 09:03h, 18 January Reply

      Hi Emma, we have not tried with Blackberries, why not give it a try and report back to us? Thanks,

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