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Christmas Tried And Tested 2023: Christmas Cakes

The official UTCT results are in! Check out which Christmas Cake we thought was the best in our annual Christmas taste test. See the results here…

Christmas Taste Test 2023 - Christmas Cake

A slice of Christmas cake to welcome friends and family when they come into your home will put smiles on everyone’s faces.

This is why when it comes to the traditional Christmas cake we want to make sure our festive friends get the best. 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.

WINNER: Iceland Mary Berry Iced Fruit Cake, Serves 12, £10

Ticking all the boxes and giving off a homemade feel, our team felt that this was the best all-rounder when it comes to Christmas cakes. With an excellent cut, instantly you can smell the richness of the mixed peel, brandy and cognac. Spices such as cardamom and ginger gave this a real warmth. The marzipan and soft icing on the cake were delicious and the edible sugar decorations gave a lovely finish to the cake. One slice was not enough!

SECOND PLACE: ASDA Extra Special Brandy-Soaked Fully Iced Fruit Cake, Serves 14, £11

To sum up in three words: Moist, sweet and the perfect balance of fruits. Asda never fails when it comes to the staple Christmas cake. We thought 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 icing on the cake was very sweet and a little went a long way.

THIRD PLACE: Tesco Finest Rich Fruit Cake 907G, Serves 12, £10

Christmas Taste Test 2023 - Tesco Finest Rich Fruit Cake 907G

Our team enjoyed the delicious blend of vine fruits, glacé cherries, and spices that infused the cake. The oak-aged Cognac and French brandy was truly delightful and had a sumptuous and satisfying indulgent taste. 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!