Easy Marsala & Chocolate Christmas Fruit Cake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
COURSEDessert, entertaining


  • 1 cup JC's Dry Roasted Australian Almonds
  • 100g JC's Natural Pistachio Kernels
  • 750g JC's Berry Combo Mix chop any large pieces of fruit into smaller pieces i.e. raisins
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar firmly packed
  • 250g Butter unsalted or low sodium, chopped
  • 1 cup Marsala Sherry or fruit juice can be used as substitute
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 3 Eggs lightly whisked
  • 1 1/2 cups Plain Flour
  • 1/2 cup Self Raising Flour
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 125g Dark Chocolate chopped
  • Extra Marsala for drizzling


  • Place the nuts separately onto an oven tray and bake at 150°C FF for 10-12 minutes or until lightly toasted. Allow to cool then roughly chop the almonds. Reduce the oven temp to 140°C FF.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine JC's Berry Combo Mix, sugar, butter, Marsala and spices. Stir over a medium heat until the butter has melted and sugar dissolved. Bring to the boil then remove from the heat immediately and transfer into a large mixing bowl to cool.
  • Whisk the eggs into the cooled mixture before adding the sifted dry ingredients, chocolate and chopped nuts. Mix until well combined.
  • Spoon the mixture into a 22cm round cakepan that has been fully lined with 2 layers of baking paper, allowing the paper to come 4-5 cm above the top edge of the pan.
  • Bake for 1 3/4 - 2 hours or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Drizzle over some extra marsala then allow to cool in the pan wrapped in a large bath towel. Store in an airtight container until required.


NB: Sherry or fruit juice can be used as a substitute for the Marsala. 
Keyword berry combo mix, christmas, fruit cake