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Hogwarts Christmas Cake Recipe | My Harry Potter Kitchen (Recipe #60)

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We're back in Chapter Twelve of the Philosopher's Stone - 'The Mirror of Erised' for our next recipe

"After a tea of turkey sandwiches, crumpets, trifle and Christmas cake"

We couldn't finish out Christmas Feast at Hogwarts without a Christmas Cake and to make this extra special I'm adding some Hogwarts inspired decorations on top!


This Caribbean Christmas Cake recipe (also referred to as Black cake) is a beautifully fruity, spiced cake that is infused with rum and sure to put a smile on your face at the end of the Christmas meal. I'll also show you a quick decoration trick that only takes minutes to do but leaves you with a super elegant finish!

Hogwarts Christmas Cake Recipe Ingredients:

(serves 12)

  • 200g dried mixed fruits

  • 100g glace cherries

  • spiced rum (approx. 100ml)

  • sherry (approx. 100ml)

  • 220g butter

  • 220g muscovado sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 220g plain flour

  • 110g self-raising flour

  • ½ tbsp mixed spice

  • 1 tsp nutmeg

  • 1 tbsp treacle

  • 1 tbsp gravy browning

  • 4/5 dashes of angostura bitters

  • sherry or rum (approx. 100ml)

To decorate

  • 2 tbsp golden syrup or apricot jam

  • 250g marzipan

  • 250g ready to roll icing

Caribbean Christmas Cake Recipe Method:

  1. To begin you want to soak the fruits by placing the dried fruits and glace cherries into a jar and covering with spiced rum and sherry. Ideally leave these to soak for a month but if you're short on time you can speed up the process by heating for a few minutes in the microwave.

  2. Once the fruits are ready, pulse them in a blender to puree slightly but ensuring there are still some chunks of fruit left

  3. Make the cake base by creaming together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and add the eggs in one at a time, beating throughout.

  4. Add in the both types of flour, the mixed, nutmeg, treacle, gravy browning, angostura bitters, and your pulsed fruits and mix until well combined.

  5. Grease and line a baking tin and pour the cake mixture in leaving about an inch from the top of the pan. Bake in the oven at 150c for 2 hours (Wizard Tip! Place a tray of boiling water in the bottom of the oven and the steam will help keep the cake moist during the long bake)

  6. While the cake is still hot pierce holes into the top and then feed with the sherry or rum - you should hear it sizzle as it hits the surface.

  7. To create your Hogwarts silhouette, level off the cake and turn onto a serving board. Heat the apricot jam and the spread around the sides of the cake (avoiding the top).

  8. Dust a worktop with icing sugar and roll out the marzipan to ½ cm thick. Layer over the cake and smooth down. Trip the excess around the edges.

  9. Allow to firm up for 30 minutes and then repeat the process with the fondant icing. Be careful when smoothing over the marzipan - focus on the sides but leave the top loose.

  10. Use a circle cutter or stencil to remove the fondant icing from the centre but leave the marzipan in place. Then take a stencil of your silhouette and use that to trace out the Hogwarts castle on your marzipan. Cut away the remaining marzipan to reveal the cake underneath.

  11. To finish use a brush with a little hot water to remove any excess icing sugar and leave your cake with a shiny finish

Christmas cakes don't get more magical than this!

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