Honey Macadamia Christmas Cake
Honey Macadamia Christmas Cake

Honey Macadamia Christmas Cake

So how are your Christmas preparations going?

Blonde Christmas Cake

Blonde Chrissy Cake

I am still in the kitchen cooking! This year I was looking for an elegant yet simple Christmas Cake for my family celebrations.  I am a little bit over the traditional dark cakes.

Light Christmas Cake

Light Xmas Cake

This year I wanted something with a spark of flavour , made with ingredients that are a little more Australian. I found a recipe for a blonde fruitcake and have adapted it using macadamia instead of the more traditional almond, and glace ginger from Buderim in Queensland.

Easy Christmas Cake

Easy Chrissy Cake

As with all my recipes it quick and simple and made in one pot. The flavours don’t need long to develop so this is a great last minute Christmas cake.  I have made them in individual serves to give as gifts but you could also make one large cake.

Traditional Christmas Cake

Traditional Cake

Honey Macadamia Christmas Cake


  • 250g dried apricots, chopped
  • 200g dried pears, chopped
  • 50g sultanas
  • 1/3 cup chopped glace ginger
  • 440g can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 125g Butter
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2/3 cup macadamia nuts (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • Topping
  • 2/3 cup macadamia nut
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 20g Butter, extra, melted


  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan.
  2. Combine chopped dried fruits, ginger, pineapple, sugar and spices in the saucepan and bring to the boil stirring occasionally.
  3. Simmer for 5 minutes
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the chopped macadamia nuts and bicarbonate of soda. Allow to cool.
  5. Line the sides and base of 8 x 1 small spring form tins, or muffin tray with baking paper or liners.
  6. Stir eggs and flours into fruit mixture and spoon into the moulds
  7. Bake at 160°C for 45-50 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer
  8. Combine remaining macadamia nuts, honey and butter and spoon over each cake. Return to the oven and bake for a further 8-10 minutes or until nuts are golden.
  9. Cool in the baking tin.

So you see this is a very simple Xmas Cake recipe.  I also used some reserved pineapple tins as baking moulds and lined them with baking paper.

Christmas Cake Recipe

Chrissy Cake Recipe

To decorate I wrapped a thick ribbon around the cake so I could gift the Xmas cake.  Even Mr GG thought this was a clever idea.

Honey Macadamia Christmas Cake

Honey Macadamia Christmas Cake

So I hope you are enjoying the lead up to Christmas.  My next story will be a Christmas Cocktail. I have been trialling some “recipes” so I can share the perfect Christmas drink with readers.

Blond Macadamia & Honey Cake

Blond Macadamia & Honey Cake

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing… I might have failed my “Responsible Service of Alcohol” guidelines while I was trialling mixes… (resulting in a persistent headache for yours truly))… but I have managed to come up with a simple, yet festive cocktail.

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  1. So pretty! And I love the whole macadamias on top.

  2. I love the fact that you can make it last minute because by now, I’ve missed all deadlines to make one of those months ahead numbers!

  3. What a beautiful Christmas cake! I always like a last minute option 🙂

  4. What a beautiful looking cake, Julie. I love how ‘Aussie’ it is with the Buderim ginger (I have some that I use to make a glaze for my ham) and the macadamia nuts. I love how this can be made at the last minute xx

  5. LOL!!
    Last minute is usually my only option when it comes to Christmas cooking. Christmas seems to sneak up in such a hurry each year :0!

  6. I think I’d like this a lot more than standard Christmas cake! What a great twist on tradition.

  7. I love that you have given this delicious sounding cake as gifts!

  8. Love the ginger for sure! Very Aussie, and very festive too

  9. This sounds super Australian and delicious for Christmas.

  10. Looks like the sort of cake I would LOVE to eat. Ginger and macadamias what a treat

  11. I love the way this looks! And a nice, easy recipe too. Sounds delish. Looking forward to your cocktail recipe!

  12. I’ve never really had Christmas cake before. My family don’t really celebrate christmas but we still cook up a feast and spend the day with each other. Perhaps I’ll have to attempt a xmas cake one year! merry xmas xx

  13. I’ve never been fond of the traditional Christmas cake that I got when I first moved to Australia. My French background didn’t have that sort of thing at Christmas. I think I could fall in love with this one!

    Merry Christmas to you all!

  14. Macadamia and honey go perfectly together, this cake looks so delicious 😀

    Happy Holidays!

  15. I’ll have to bookmark this one for next Christmas, when I might have to give lots of presents to our extended family. Great wrapping idea with the pineapple tin wrapped in paper and ribbon. I tried to ‘pin’ your photo but can’t see a ‘pin it’ button (maybe there is a way to do it anyway)? Happy New Year!

  16. Love macadamia and your cake looks so festive and delicious!Would love a bite right now 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  17. This looks wonderful. Love how you’ve Aussi-fied it with macadamias and ginger. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and wishing you a very happy new year!

  18. Bravo for your creative twist on the traditional Christmas cake, Julie. Who doesn’t love macadamia nuts? Bet the crystalized ginger bits add a nice zing, too!

    Trust you and yours had a spirited Christmas =) Tee hee.

  19. honey and macadamia are one of my favourite combos

  20. I LOVE stuffing my face with Macadamia! This cake perfect for me 😀

  21. This looks more my thing, compared to the vile concoctions that are “English” Christmas Cake… those horrid booze-filled, dense, dark, compact lumps. I’m all for something light and this looks really nice. Even though Christmas is all done with I’d still go for a bit of this :). Hope you had a good Christmas Julie!


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