Slow Cooker Christmas Cake

Slow Cooker Christmas Cake

I’m a bit late with this since Stir Up Sunday was last week but I’ve tried making a Christmas cake in my slow cooker this week.

If you aren’t familiar with Christmas cake, this is a traditional rich fruit cake, often fed with alcohol, made in Great Britain at Christmas time.

Slow Cooker Christmas Cake

I’ve found in the past that cakes made in the slow cooker stay lovely and moist (for example my slow cooker plum and almond cake), so this seemed an ideal way to bake my Christmas cake too.

Also the long cooking time if using an oven can mean a tendency towards burning, whereas in the slow cooker it cooks much er more slowly so the risk of burning can be lessened.

Read on for my recipe for a slow cooker Christmas cake!

Slow Cooker Christmas Cake
This is a traditional style British Christmas cake, which is a fruit cake made with with dried fruit. I soaked my fruit in black tea as I love the flavour and prefer a less boozy cake but you can also soak them in booze if you like – brandy, rum, whisky, go wild!


You might well think, why would you make a Christmas cake in a slow cooker? I find it a good way to make cakes that costs less than running an oven and has less risk of burning. You still need to check your cake regularly and look out for burning but if it does happen it won’t just take minutes.

Here I bake my cake in a silicone pan in the bottom of a large slow cooker. If you can fit in a metal cake tin you can use that too.

I wouldn’t bake a Christmas cake directly in the pot due to the risk of burning with this dense cake, as you need it to cook right through.

Check out my post all about baking in a slow cooker (with loads more slow cooker cakes and dessert recipes too!) and get lots of tips in my post on how to make a cake in a slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Christmas Cake


It is also traditional to “feed” christmas cakes with alcohol to help preserve them. To do this, after the cake has been baked, let it cool a bit, then make a few small holes in it with a skewer or the end of a knife etc.

Pour over a couple of tablespoons of alcohol (whichever you prefer). Then leave the cake to cool completely and ensure it is fully dried out from being cooked in the slow cooker. If it isn’t there is the risk of it going mouldy so do let it dry out completely!

Wrap the cake well in foil or clingfilm. Then keep feeding regularly with a little more alcohol, until Christmas arrives. You can then ice it. Traditionally a Christmas cake would be covered with a layer of marzipan and a layer of royal icing.

Slow Cooker Christmas Cake

I wrap mine in foil and store in a tin until just before Christmas, when I’ll add marzipan and icing.

Pin my Slow Cooker Christmas cake recipe for later!

Slow Cooker Christmas Cake

Slow Cooker Christmas Cake

Slow Cooker Christmas Cake

Slow Cooker Christmas Cake

My slow cooker Christmas cake recipe is simply my own twist on a traditional Christmas cake recipe, using my preferred dried fruit and without nuts. I soaked my fruit in tea rather than alcohol as I prefer to drink alcohol in liquid form at Christmas!
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Course: Baking
Cuisine: Slow Cooker
Keyword: Christmas cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Soaking time: 8 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 481kcal
Author: bakingqueen74


  • 200 g sultanas
  • 100 g mixed peel
  • 100 g honey apricots chopped
  • 150 g sweet dried cranberries
  • 50 g jumbo raisins
  • 25 g crystallised ginger chopped
  • Zest and juice of 1 small orange or a satsuma
  • 200 ml of black tea
  • 200 g butter
  • 200 g light brown sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 0.5 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground allspice


  • Mix all the fruit in a large bowl. Add in the orange or satsuma zest and juice, then the tea. Mix it well, then cover the bowl with clingfilm and leave it to soak overnight. 
  • When you are ready to make the cake the next day, cream together the sugar and butter in a large bowl.
  • Next, add in the three eggs and beat well.
  • Fold in the flour, spices and vanilla bean paste, and combine well.
  • Mix in the soaked fruit and any remaining liquid.
  • Grease and line a 20 cm round silicone pan on the base and sides with a double layer of baking paper. 
  • Place an upturned saucer or small tin on the base of your slow cooker. You will need to use a large slow cooker (mine is 5.7 litres) that your pan fits into. Placing the pan on a saucer will stop the base of the cake burning during the long cooking time needed for this dense cake. 
  • Spoon the cake mixture into your prepared silicone pan, and smooth it down on top.
  • Pour some hot (not boiling or your pot might crack) water into your slow cooker pot, around the saucer. I used a couple of inches and topped it up once during cooking.
  • Now place your silicone pan on top of the upturned saucer. 
  • Place a clean tea towel under your slow cooker's lid, to catch condensation during cooking and stop it making the top of the cake soggy.
  • Switch the slow cooker on high and cook for 3-4 hours, until the top looks firm and a cake tester or skewer comes out clean from the centre. 
  • Remove from the slow cooker and allow it to cool.
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Linking up with Farmersgirl Kitchen and the December Slow Cooked Challenge, which has a lovely festive logo this month!

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Finally a recipe without alcohol. I have been searching for weeks for this.cant wait to make it. My father adores fruit cake and I love any opportunity to try new things with my slow cooker. Happy Christmas from Ireland. Will report back soon with my results

Jim McLaren

Can you use gluten free flour instead of plain flour


Sounds good I am going to try it


I have recently made this cake and it works extremely well and tastes fantastic.


Made this this week, to smelt amazing, now in a tin ready to be fed with brandy on the run up to Christmas.


Hi Lucy,
I have done two Christmas Cakes just recently. Really delicious and so easy to do. I will be doing another three. Maybe more.
I will be trying more of your recipes.
Thank you very much.

Karen king

Just baking the Christmas cake in the slow cooker and it’s more like a Christmas pudding, very moist and not like your cake at all.mwhere do you think I went wrong, I followed all instructions n ingredients. Any tips would be great.

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Hi! Thanks for linking up to Slow Cooker Sunday.My e-mail notifications for new links hadn’t come through, so I missed this.I’ll add it to the Pinterest boards and G+ community today.Sorry!

Oh I bet this is so much more cost effective than traditional oven cooking. Looks so moist and tempting – Thanks for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek New Linky open tomorrow x

Oh such a fantastic idea, love it. Happy Christmas. x

Lovely! I’ve never tried making a Christmas cake in the crock pot but this makes me want to try. Thanks for linking up with #recipeoftheweek

Really great looking cake, Lucy. Thanks for sharing it for the Slow Cooked Challenge.

Wonderful cake!
We don’t celebrate Christmas here but we have a coming holiday in which we eat fresh and dry fruits. This cake would be perfect 🙂

What a great idea…making a Christmas cake in a slow cooker – I don’t have one but I wish I did!! I love the idea of soaking the fruit in tea and I also love the idea of including ginger. Yummy!!

This looks great, going to attempt a cake in my slow cooker soon. You have inspired me!

Angela Bush

The Christmas cake looks fantastic, I’m going to try it myself. Thank you