Dreaming of a white Christmas cake | Festive food with Steve James


I’m dreaming of a white Christmas….cake.  This week Steve James Festive Food turns to baking!

Last week we featured Steve’s Smoked salmon ceviche in tigers milk with coriander oil.  All recipes featured are FREE and PRINTABLE so please do download the recipe, print it out and treasure it in your recipe book for years to come.

Dreaming of a white Christmas cake

Icy white forest themed Christmas cake that look amazing on your Christmas treat table, and Instagram!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Christmas food, Christmas baking, Christmas cake
Author: Lizzie Somerset


  • bowls
  • scales
  • wooden spoons
  • spatula
  • 9" square cake tin
  • Rolling Pin
  • wooden cocktail sticks
  • baking parchment
  • airtight container for storage


  • 170 g butter
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 280 g sieved plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp whole milk
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 450 g mixed dried fruit soaked in 4tbsp brandy
  • 100 g almonds
  • 35 g desiccated coconut
  • 500 g ready to roll fondant icing plus extra to make decorations
  • 2 tbsp apricot jam
  • + your favourite tipple for drizzling optional


To make the Christmas Cake

  • Preheat your oven to 150°c
  • Prepare a 9" square baking tin by greasing and lining with baking parchment.
  • Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs gradually adding 1 tbsp of flour after each egg.
  • Put 2 tbsp flour into your mixed dried fruit and toss to coat, this will stop your cake from sinking.
  • Add the rest of the flour and baking powder and fold into the mixture until smooth.
  • Fold through the milk, cinnamon and ginger.
  • Add the soaked fruit, almonds and coconut and stir this through your cake batter.
  • Pour the cake mixture into the tin and level the top.
  • Place the cake in the oven for approximately 1 hour 10 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin.

Decorate your Christmas cake

  • You can decorate your cake straight away, or you can make it in advance and douse with your favourite tipple. I use Shipwreck Somerset Cider Brandy in my cake. Simply store the cake and every week for up to two month, prick the top and drizzle (ginger wine, brandy, whiskey, rum or sloe gin work well too). Make sure to re-wrap the cake after every dousing of alcohol to ensure it doesn't go mouldy, store in an airtight container in a cool place.
  • Use your extra fondant (not the 500g you need to ice your cake) and divide into different size portions and roll each into a cone shape.
  • Place the thick end on a wooden cocktail stick and start at the top making small upward snips with a small pair of clean scissors rotating round until you reach the bottom.
  • Place your trees on their sticks into something to dry so they are stood up straight until they are fully dry.
  • Tip either use the bottom of a clean cardboard box or the polystyrene packaging in your parcels.
  • When ready roll out your 500g of fondant for icing into a square until about 3mm thick. You want it big enough to cover the top and side with extra to trim off.
  • Melt the jam and brush over the top of the cake.
  • Carefully lift your icing and place centrally over the cake and gently flatten the icing onto the cake so there are no air bubbles.
  • Decorate your cake with the trees, or however you wish and serve.


This week’s recipe took me right back to sitting in my Grandma’s front room singing ‘I’m dreaming of a white Christmas’.  Old movies were a huge connection for us between her generation and mine.  Food, like music, is a family link to our traditions.  So in case you need a trip down memory lane too, I’ve popped the video below for you to enjoy.


From Steve and all of us at Love for Somerset we wish you a very merry (and safe) Christmas.


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Check back in next week for the final two recipes to take you into your new year.