Christmas Marmalade Walnut Loaf Cake

Loaf Cakes | November 29, 2014 | By

This is my second recipe using one of Mackay’s Marmalades from their Christmas range. My first recipe was Christmas themed muffins. This time I’ve decided to develop a Christmas marmalade walnut loaf cake recipe using their Christmas Preserve with Cranberries. This recipe can be adapted throughout the year by replacing the Christmas marmalade for one of your choice. 

If you’re busy between working and shopping for Christmas presents, you might not have a lot of time for baking. But if you can set aside a little time, this recipe is one you should have a go at. It’s simple and quick to make but tastes deliciously Christmassy. Mixed fruit, walnuts and Mackays Christmas Preserve with Cranberries, with a sweet orange liqueur glaze on top. A slice of this on Christmas Eve by a cosy fire would make even Scrooge himself smile!  And if there’s any left, leave a wee bit for Santa Claus! 

Christmas Marmalade and Walnut Loaf Cake

You’ll need:


200g self-raising flour
4 tbsp of golden syrup
1 tsp of mixed spice
zest 1 orange
zest 1/2 lemon
50g mixed dry fruit
75g chopped walnuts
pinch of salt
3 tbsp Mackays Christmas Preserve with Cranberries
125ml milk
1 tsp white wine vinegar
4 tbsp Cointreau
70g icing sugar


To start, line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper and preheat your oven to 160c.
In a large mixing bowl, add the self-raising flour, golden syrup, mixed spice, orange and lemon zests, dried fruit, chopped walnuts and a pinch of salt.
Christmas Marmalade and Walnut Loaf Cake
In a saucepan over a low heat, melt the butter and 3 tbsp of Mackay’s Christmas Preserve with Cranberries. Mix before slowly adding the milk. Stir until all is combined together. Pour the liquid into your large mixing bowl (some of the cranberries may sink to the bottom of the saucepan, just use a spoon to scrape them into the bowl) and add the white wine vinegar. Mix well to make a cake batter.
Christmas Marmalade and Walnut Loaf Cake
Christmas Marmalade and Walnut Loaf Cake
Pour your cake batter into your loaf tin and bake for around 25 – 30 minutes (use the skewer method to check).
Christmas Marmalade and Walnut Loaf Cake
Once the cake is cooked, remove from the loaf tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.
Whilst the cake is cooling, prepare the glaze. Sieve the icing sugar into a saucepan and add the Cointreau and stir over a low heat. Remove from the heat and brush it over the cake. 
Christmas Marmalade and Walnut Loaf Cake
Christmas Marmalade and Walnut Loaf Cake
Slice and enjoy with a beverage of your choice! 
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Mackays sent me these samples as part of their Christmas Challenge. All views are my own. 


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