Christmas Cake Recipe with Almond Buttercream

Rum and almond fruit cake

  • serves 10
  • Easy

Want an easy, no-fuss fruit cake? Impress your guests and jazz up your cake with rum and a simple almond buttercream. Make it ahead or for a last-minute Christmas cake.


Try this rum and almond fruit cake then check out our classic Christmas cakemince pies, rum cake and more Christmas baking recipes.

For an alternative decorating option, whip up a batch of our homemade royal icing to use on this fruit cake.



  • sultanas 100g
  • raisins 100g
  • dark glacé cherries 50g, chopped
  • crystallised ginger 50g, chopped
  • dark rum 4 tbsp
  • butter 200g, softened, plus more for the tin
  • light muscovado sugar 200g
  • eggs 3, beaten
  • black treacle 1 tbsp
  • self-raising flour 220g
  • mixed spice 2 tsp
  • ground ginger 1 tsp
  • baking powder 1 tsp
  • apples 2 small, peeled and grated


  • salted butter 185g, at room temperature
  • icing sugar 300g
  • almond extract 1 tsp


  • Step 1

    Tip the dried fruits, ginger and rum into a bowl and leave to soak for a couple of hours or overnight, if you like. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line the bottom of a deep, round 20cm cake tin with baking paper. Beat together the butter, sugar, eggs, treacle, self-raising flour, mixed spice, ground ginger and baking powder with electric beaters, until thick. Using a large metal spoon, gently fold in the apples, soaked dried fruit and any soaking liquid.

  • Step 2

    Spoon the batter into the tin, level the top and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until dark golden, springy to the touch and it’s slightly shrunk away from the sides of the tin. A skewer pushed into the centre will come out clean when it’s ready. Cool, wrap in baking paper and put in an airtight container. Will keep for a week before icing, or it can be frozen. Defrost overnight at room temperature before decorating.

  • Step 3

    To make the buttercream, put the butter into a bowl and gradually beat in the icing sugar and almond extract using electric beaters until fluffy. Spread all over the cake using a spatula.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 706
  • Fat 33.7g
  • Saturates 20.6g
  • Carbs 91g
  • Sugars 69.9g
  • Fibre 1.8g
  • Protein 5.2g
  • Salt 1.1g