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Christmas Tried And Tested 2022: Christmas Cakes

A slice of Christmas cake is a must over the festive season, so we’ve tried and tested some of the best Christmas cakes in our annual taste test, here are the results.

We all enjoy a bit of cake over Christmas. So once again we’ve gone and done all the “hard” work for you as we’ve tasted this year’s top Christmas cakes from some of the UK’s leading supermarkets and stores. We were kindly sent these for our taste test.

10/10 WINNER – ASDA Extra Special Brandy-Soaked Fully Iced Fruit Cake, £10 – BUY NOW

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This fruit cake is packed with sultanas and raisins with glacé cherries, French brandy and nuts. Our team really enjoyed this iced Christmas cake, the fruit worked really well with the brandy and with the almonds and walnuts throughout, added an extra crunch and was not overly sweet. The marzipan and soft icing on the cake were delicious and the edible sugar decorations gave a lovely finish to the cake.

SECOND PLACE – Sainsbury’s Snowflake Iced Rich Fruit Cake, Taste the Difference 900g, £12 – BUY NOW

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An all-butter fruit cake which is made with dried vine fruits, glacé cherries and brandy. Our team enjoyed this iced Christmas cake, there was a good amount of fruit throughout including raisins and sultanas, glacé cherries and almonds which gave a really nice crunch. The brandy could be tasted throughout and worked well with all of the other flavours.

THIRD PLACE – Iceland Christmas Cake 1kg, £8.50 – BUY NOW

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A rich fruit cake with sultanas, raisins, glacé cherries & mixed peel, with brandy and cognac throughout. Our team really enjoyed Iceland’s Christmas cake, the fruit was evenly distributed throughout and felt the mixed peel worked very well with the rich fruit to give the perfect balance of sweetness and a little bitterness. The team also liked the amount of brandy and cognac throughout and thought the overall design was lovely.

Morrisons The Best Christmas Fully Iced Cake, £10 – BUY NOW

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An all-butter fruit cake which has been infused with Cognac and made with vine fruits, orange zest and matured. Our team thought this was a really nice Christmas cake, and felt the taste was good, the vine fruits worked well with the orange zest as this balanced out some of the sweetness. The Cognac was tasted throughout and felt this was a rich cake and a little was enough.

Tesco Finest Rich Fruit Cake 907G, £5.50 – BUY NOW

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Fruit cake with glacé cherries, infused with Cognac and brandy, covered with marzipan, icing and decorative icing. Our team thought the vine fruits, glacé cherries and spices throughout were very tasty and really enjoyed the oak-aged Cognac and French brandy throughout. The flavours all worked well together and this was quite rich to eat.

There you have it, our official taste test for this year’s best Christmas cakes. As always all opinions are our own. You can check out the full list of winners here!