Happy Holly Jolly Holidays!: Christmas Cake Recipe by Robbie Cheadle #WordPressWednesday

Happy Holly Jolly Holidays!: Christmas Cake Recipe by Robbie Cheadle #WordPressWednesday

Happy Holly Jolly Holidays to All!

I don’t know about you, but to me, it’s just not Christmas without a Christmas Cake. What’s that? You’ve no Christmas cake recipe to hand? Well, just so happens that Robbie Cheadle baker of all things delightful and delicious has come to save the day!

Here’s Robbie’s Recipe and some yummy photos for you!

Christmas Cake Recipe

By: Robbie Cheadle


Decorated Christmas cake - Santa on the beachIngredients

250 grams currants
240 grams sultana
200 grams mixed berries
240 grams raisins
120 grams mixed peel
180 grams chopped cherries
300 grams cake flour
pinch salt
2.5 ml mixed spice
2.5 ml cinnamon
300 grams softened butter
300 grams sticky brown sugar
30 ml lemon zest
6 eggs, lightly beaten
45 ml brandy


Preheat the oven to 140 degrees Celsius. Double line the cake tin with thick baking paper.
Beat the sugar and butter in an electric mixer. Add the lemon zest. Add the eggs, beating in one at a time.

In a separate bowl mix the dried fruit, spices, salt cherries and flour. Add the egg mixture
and mix well. Lastly, pour in the brandy and combine.

Scoop the mixture into the baking tin and level with the back of a spoon. Wrap a layer of tin foil around the base of the baking tin and place in the oven. Bake for +- 3 hours.

About the Author…

Robbie Cheadle has published nine books for children and one poetry book. She has branched into writing for adults and young adults and, in order to clearly separate her children’s books from her adult books, is writing for older readers under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle.

Robbie Cheadle’s Sir Chocolate children’s picture books are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions which children can make under adult supervision. Her books for older children also incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.

Roberta Eaton Cheadle’s supernatural stories combine fabulous paranormal elements with fascinating historical facts.

Children’s picture books – available as a square book and an A5 book (co-authored with Michael Cheadle):
Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the baby cookie monster story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow Fairies story and cookbook

Middle school books:
Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town (includes five fun party cake ideas)
While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with Elsie Hancy Eaton)

Poetry book:
Open a new door (co-authored with Kim Blades)

Supernatural fantasy YA novel:
Through the Nethergate

Horror Anthologies (edited by Dan Alatorre):
Dark Visions

Paranormal Anthologies (edited by Kaye Lynne Booth):
Spirits of the West
Whispers of the Past

Murder mystery Anthology (edited by Stephen Bentley)
Death Among Us

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Purchase links:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

TSL Publications


Want to join the party?

If you want to join in, here’s how…

Between now and the 21ST of December send me your essays, short stories, poetry, recipes, or anything else of a holiday nature you can think of. Make sure to include a short bio 100 words or less, one website and if you wish an attached photo.

Offerings should come to me in an attached word doc unless we’ve a previous arrangement. Photos should come to me in either JPG or PNG file and the file should be titled to state what is in the photo.

Send your submissions to: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

That’s patty dot volunteer 1 at gmail.com

I look forward to the privilege of sharing your Holly Jolly Holiday offerings soon.





  1. Reblogged this on Plaisted Publishing House and commented:

    I’d like to invite you all to Patty’s World for a piece of Christmas Cake brought to you by Robbie Cheadle, and I’d also like to say thank you to Claire for helping me build my new world.

  2. Reblogged this on Robbie's inspiration and commented:
    I am over at Campbell’s World today as part of Patty Fletcher’s Happy Holly Jolly Holidays Christmas series. I have shared my recipe and the instructions to make my Christmas fruit cake. Thank you for hosting me, Patty.

  3. Thank you, Patty, for hosting me today on your lovely blog. Thanks to Claire for assisting.

    1. Welcome Robbie., glad we got it sorted. I love your decorating, wish I likes Christmas Cake…

      1. I’m not a huge fan of fruit cake either, Claire, but this one is very delicious.

        1. I may have to try it at some stage. 🙂

    2. Hi Robbie it was a pleasure and a privilege to do it. I love Christmas cake. Thank you for joining me here in my new world.

      1. You blog is looking terrific, Patty. I am delighted to be your first visitor on your newly named site.

  4. I adore Christmas Cake and I’m sure yours tastes better than other, so thanks for the recipe. Toni x

    1. Thank you for visiting the post and for commenting

    2. Hi Toni, thank you for visiting me here. This is a very nice Christmas cake recipe.

  5. The cake looks delicious, Robbie 🙂 x

    1. HI Carol, this is a nice recipe. It started life in an old out-of-print English cook book and I’ve amended and improved it.

      1. I will save it for next year, Robbie I have made this years cake already.. Thank you x

  6. Reblogged this on Ed;s Site..

    1. Thanks for sharing, Ed.

  7. Love the cake, Robbie – so adorable!

    1. Thank you, Teri, this recipe is very delicious.

  8. I do wonder if the homemade version of fruitcake tastes better than the store-bought version we Americans love to hate. I expect the homemade version is much better.

    1. Hi Liz, I can’t answer that because I’ve never had a store bought one. We do get them here and I used to buy 10 Rotary Christmas cakes for my church Christmas lunch every year. I haven’t done it this year as no cakes and no lunch, sadly.

      1. Interesting–but of course you have no need to buy one!

  9. I copied the recipe, Robbie, and will try to make it next week. Thank you for hosting, Claire!

    1. This is an excellent recipe, Miriam. It doesn’t have nuts in it so it lasts a long time. I find nuts go stale.

      1. It makes sense now that you mentioned it, Robbie.

    2. I do wish i liked fruit cake… I tend to make pavlova instead. My husbands favourite.

      1. I haven’t tried to make fruitcake! I like fresh fruit though.

        1. Think…fresh strawberries on Christmas day 🙂 I love living in the Southern Hemisphere.

          1. Fresh strawberries sound good. 🙂

      2. My family like pavlova too, Claire. I made it for Christmas last year. This year my son, Michael, is making a trifle and my sister is making and apple pie so I am off the hook.

        1. I asked what my lot wanted this year. Apple Crumble, Cheesecake and Pavlova… Now the fun begins 🙂

    3. I dip fresh strawberries in chocolate, Miriam. These are very popular.

      1. Yummy… 🙂

      2. Yes, Robbie. I’ve eaten that in parties. They rented pots that has a “faucet” with liquid chocolate. Guests could turn on the running chocolate to coat the food!

        1. I’ve seen those here too, Miriam. If I don’t chat to you again before Christmas, I hope yours is really wonderful.

          1. Thank you, Robbie. I’m going to take a break after today also. I’ll come back after the new year. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  10. Robbie’s recipes and stories are the best, Patty. Thanks for sharing this delicious Christmas dessert!

    1. Hi Olga, thank you for visiting me here. I’m glad you enjoyed this post.

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