The Famous 3 Ingredient Christmas Cake

Introducing the famous 3 Ingredient Christmas Cake (fruit cake) made from mixed fruit, iced coffee and self-raising flour! Award winning, super easy and totally delicious!

Introducing the famous 3 Ingredient Christmas Cake (fruit cake) made from mixed fruit, iced coffee and self-raising flour! Award winning, super easy and totally delicious!

If you’ve been coming to Bake Play Smile for a little while now you’ll know that I’m a big, BIG fan of simple, no-fuss recipes. In fact, any recipe with the words ‘3 ingredients’ in it, is pretty much my favourite thing ever. And so I bring to you (a recipe I’ve been hanging out to try for ages!)… the famous 3 ingredient Christmas cake!! Whoop whoop!!

Introducing the famous 3 Ingredient Christmas Cake (fruit cake) made from mixed fruit, iced coffee and self-raising flour! Award winning, super easy and totally delicious!

Yep, I’m sure you’ve probably heard of this cake before. It’s a CWA award winning recipe (so you know it’s going to be good!). And it needs only 3 ingredients!! I know… crazy, right!!??

Introducing the famous 3 Ingredient Christmas Cake (fruit cake) made from mixed fruit, iced coffee and self-raising flour! Award winning, super easy and totally delicious!

I must admit that I’m not someone who makes a fruit cake each year for Christmas (A cheesecake… yes! A fruit cake… not so much!). I’d never be organised enough to soak my fruit weeks in advance (at least I think that’s what you do with traditional Christmas cakes!?). But this overnight 3 ingredient Christmas cake has me totally sold. It’s all the deliciousness of a classic Christmas cake BUT without any fuss. Love that!!

Introducing the famous 3 Ingredient Christmas Cake (fruit cake) made from mixed fruit, iced coffee and self-raising flour! Award winning, super easy and totally delicious!

Oh and did I mention that it’s also:

  • egg-free
  • nut-free
  • and has no added sugar…!

Introducing the famous 3 Ingredient Christmas Cake (fruit cake) made from mixed fruit, iced coffee and self-raising flour! Award winning, super easy and totally delicious!

I’ve popped a couple of tips in the notes section of the recipe below… but seriously, you can’t go wrong with this cake. If you’re not a fan of using iced coffee, you can simply swap it for ones of the suggested substitutes! Easy, peasy.

Introducing the famous 3 Ingredient Christmas Cake (fruit cake) made from mixed fruit, iced coffee and self-raising flour! Award winning, super easy and totally delicious!

And the best part of all, this 3 ingredient Christmas cake takes only 5 minutes to prepare (plus the overnight soaking time of course). But 5 minutes is NOTHING!! Especially when you’re whipping up a delicious fruity cake. YUM!

 

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3 Ingredient Christmas Cake

The Famous 3 Ingredient Christmas Cake

Introducing the famous 3 Ingredient Christmas Cake (fruit cake) made from mixed fruit, iced coffee and self-raising flour! Award winning, super easy and totally delicious!
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Course: Cakes
Cuisine: Christmas
Keyword: Famous 3 Ingredient Christmas Cake
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Chilling time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 16 pieces
Calories: 143kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 kg (6 cups) dried mixed fruit see recipe notes
  • 600 ml (2 1/2 cups) iced coffee see notes
  • 265 g (2 cups) self-raising flour

Instructions

  • Place the mixed dried fruit into a very large bowl. Add the iced coffee (or liquid substitute) and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and place into the fridge overnight. 
  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius (fan-forced). Grease and line a 23cm cake tin with baking paper and set aside. 
  • Stir the self-raising flour through the fruit mixture and pour into the prepared tin. 
  • Bake for approximately 1 hour (see notes) or until the cake feels firm in the middle and a skewer inserted comes out with a few moist crumbs on it.

Notes

RECIPE NOTES
Mixed dried fruit - can be bought pre-packaged from the dried fruit/nuts section of any major supermarket. I like to use the Sunbeam Mixed Fruit that contains sultanas, currants, raisins, orange peel, lemon  peel and glace cherries. 
Iced coffee - I like to use a store-bought iced coffee that is slightly sweetened for this recipe. There are many different brands of iced coffee that you can use, including: Big M, Farmers Union, Dare, Ice Break, Starbucks etc. 
Iced coffee substitutes - if you prefer, you can substitute the iced coffee with: juice (orange, apple, pineapple etc), black tea, coffee or chocolate milk.
Adding alcohol - a splash of alcohol can be added to the mixture. These all work well: brandy, whisky, sherry, dark rum, orange-flavoured liqueur, Baileys Irish cream, Kahlua or port.
Preparation time - This recipe need to be started the day before baking as the dried fruit needs to soak in the liquid overnight. 
Storing the cake - This cake can be stored for up to 1 month.  To store, simply wrap in foil or place into an airtight container at room temperature.
Serving the cake - Serve at room temperature or warm it up and serve with a drizzle of cream or custard (brandy custard is delicious too). 
Baking the cake - Cook at 160 degrees celsius fan-forced (320 degrees fahrenheit). If using a conventional oven (not fan forced) increase the temperature to 175 degrees celsius (350 degrees fahrenheit). 
Cooking time - Cooking time can vary from 1 hour to almost 2 hours depending on your oven. The cake is cooked if the middle is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out with a few moist crumbs on it. 
If the cake is browning too much - loosely place a sheet of foil over the top and continue cooking. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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Introducing the famous 3 Ingredient Christmas Cake (fruit cake) made from mixed fruit, iced coffee and self-raising flour! Award winning, super easy and totally delicious!

276 thoughts on “The Famous 3 Ingredient Christmas Cake”

  1. Joy messina says:

    My oven isn’t fan forced what temp please

    1. Lucy says:

      Hi Joy, increase the temperature by 10-20 degrees for conventional. xx

    2. Anne Tenner says:

      Can you use some spice in the fruit cake?

      1. Zee says:

        How long does this cake last for. Also can u freeze it.

        1. Lucy says:

          Hi Zee, yes you can freeze it! Unfrozen it will last for 1 month (stored at room temperature in an airtight container or wrapped in foil). xx

  2. Mary denison says:

    Can I use gluten free flour

    1. Lucy says:

      Hi Mary, yes lots of our readers have made this with gluten-free flour!

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