Stir up Sunday is the last Sunday before Advent and the traditional time to bake Christmas puddings, although it's also the time to bake Christmas cakes.
My cake is based on one my mum has baked for us since I was little. I changed the recipe up with a darker sugar for a more caramelised flavour, more mixed spice and I used Urban Fruit. Cheeky Cherry, Blueberry and Blackcurrant and Smashing Strawberry instead of the raisins and sultanas my mum uses.
So how is it faff free?
It's all made in a pot.
The butter is melted with the sugar, fruit and spices, then the flour and eggs are added, before it's poured into a loaf tin. Simple.
The cake sliced beautifully and was moist, spicy and delicious, especially spread with butter. I know, I know, bur I said it was simple, not low calorie.
And now a few more Stir up Sunday recipes:
- Boozy Bundt Cake with Urban Fruit and Ginger - Food Urchin
- Gluten-free Tropical Christmas Cake - Karen Burns-Booth
- Dark Chocolate, Almond and Cherry Christmas Cake - Danni Martin
- Tropical Urban Fruit Christmas Pudding - Deb Durrant
- Tropical Christmas Bundt Cake - Emily Leary
- Nan's Fruits of the Forest Christmas Cake - Helen Jessup
To celebrate Stir Up Sunday, there's a twitter party this Sunday 23rd November between 2pm – 4pm where you can pose any question you like to @UrbanFruit on Twitter using the hashtag #StirUpSunday. Throw in a question or two or just follow the chat.
In the mood for more than Christmas cake? Why not spend some time this week making some homemade advent calendars. You can find some inspiration here.