Christmas cake!

Christmas cake....Little Cooks Co style!

Aprons on? Let‘s Cook!

20 mins
45-50 mins

We spent hours testing this until we hit the magic formula for a Christmas cake that kids love making AND eating! Lots of kids aren’t big fans of heavy fruit cake, so this version is much more cakey than fruity, whilst still being packed with nutrition!


  • 180g gram flour
  • 100g pitted dates
  • 80g butter or coconut oil
  • 55g raisins
  • 35g chopped apricots
  • 30g chia seeds
  • 3 medium/large oranges
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda



  • Chopping board and knife
  • Mixing bowl
  • 2 x small bowls
  • Small saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Whisk or fork
  • 20cm / 8” cake tin
  • Sieve
  • Grater




1 Preheat the oven to 160c (170c if not fan assisted, gas mark 4)
2 Grate the zest (skin) of one of the oranges on the smallest setting
3 Cut the oranges in half and squeeze the juice out of them into a bowl until you have 200ml of juice - use your hands or a juicer but make sure to check for pips!
4 Put the zest and juice into a large mixing bowl and stir in the chia seeds
5 Carefully chop the dates (and apricots if using whole apricots) into small pieces and then stir the dates, raisins and apricots into the orange and chia mix and let it sit for a few minutes
6 Gently melt the butter/coconut oil in a saucepan and pour it into the cake mix
7 Next, whisk the eggs in a small bowl and add them to the mix and then sieve the gram flour, spices and baking soda in and stir everything thoroughly
8 Pour the mixture into your cake tin lined with parchment paper and bake for 50 minutes - keep an eye on it from 45 minutes to make sure it isn’t going too brown. It is ready when you can put a knife in it and it comes out clean!
9 Leave to cool and then peel the parchment off and serve....we love ours with a dollop of Greek yogurt or cream!
10 Store in an airtight container for up to a week

Fun fact! This cake is sweetened with dried fruit. Dried fruit is made by taking the water out of fresh fruit so it looks smaller and more shrivelled! But what is left is still full of minerals and fibre which are really important for keeping us healthy

Comments (2)

  1. Marie Paiser says:

    Had a pre Christmas try of this one and it went down so well!! Even the ‘I HATE Christmas Cake’ Crew absolutely loved it. Can’t wait to wow everyone on the day.

    1. Helen Burgess says:

      Fantastic – very pleased to hear it! x

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