Easy Christmas Cake with Crunchy Apple Frosting

A light and easy Christmas cake, infused with crunchy apple, sultanas, dates, cinnamon and brandy. Recipe commissioned by Emily Crisps.


Easy Christmas Cake with Crunchy Apple Frosting

Ren Behan


  • 150 ml warm water mixed with 2 tsp honey
  • 60 g Emily Fruit Crisps Crunchy Apple
  • 80 g pitted dates chopped into sultana-sized pieced
  • 200 g raisins or sultanas
  • 1 tbsp brandy
  • 200 g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 100 g dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or the seeds of one vanilla pod
  • 3 tsp cinnamon

Apple Crisp Frosting

  • 500 g icing sugar
  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 60 g Emily Fruit Crisps Crunchy Apple finely blitzed to a powder
  • To decorate
  • 60 g Emily Fruit Crisps Crunchy Apple


  • Pre-heat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas Mark 2. Line 2 x 9inch cake tins with baking parchment. 
  • Boil a kettle, add 2 tsp runny honey to 150ml water. Pour over the fruit (apple crisps, sultanas and dates) with 1 tbsp brandy and leave to soak.
  • Beat the butter with the eggs and sugars. Stir in flour and baking powder. Add the vanilla and cinnamon.
  • Stir in the pre-soaked fruit.
  • Pour into the cake tins, bake for 1 hour at 150C.
  • Remove the cakes and leave to cool completely. 
  • For the frosting, beat the butter until creamy and light in colour. Add the icing sugar and the powdered apple. 
  • Place 1 cake layer on a cake stand. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with apple pieces and other Christmas decorations. 


For more festive treats with Emily Crisps try:


With thanks to Emily Crisps for this festive-inspired commission. #ad 

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  1. This is the perfect festive cake, love the list of ingredients and can only imagin ehow good it tastes. A fruity apple flavoured icing makes a welcome change to the traditional Xmas cakes whcih are often too heavy. I think these fruity apple crisps look great, and they win prizes for the best packaging. A cake for the whole family!

  2. What an amazing, beautiful and creative cake. Would never have thought to use those lovely apple crisps this way but love it!

  3. What a lovely light Christmas Cake, so pretty with the apple chips on top. Will look out for these when I’m next in Waitrose!

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thank you Camilla, it’s a firm favourite here 🙂

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thanks Dannii, really appreciate that.

  4. What an absolutely gorgeous cake! Love fruit crisps will be on the lookout for Emily’s crisps I know my kids would go mad for them!

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thanks Lucy, yes mine are hooked!

  5. Beautiful fusion of traditional with modern Ren. Love the feel of these photos which are the same. That little hand….
    Really like the sound of the vegetable crisps

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thank you Sally always so kind :-))

  6. This cake looks superb! The apple crips have been my favourite and I really love how you’ve used them in this recipe.

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thanks Sarah! Loved your recipe for Emily Crisps, too.

  7. That looks amazing Ren! I love the naked frosting look, it’s so elegant and a better amount of frosting to my mind. Love the decoration too. Nice idea.

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thanks Jac, loved your recipe too – definitely trying the cupcakes over Christmas

  8. What a stunning cake Ren, and a real contender for the Christmas cake crown… I think I’ll make this for Christmas Eve! The apple crisps are so tasty… I love how pretty they are too so are fabulous cake decorations 🙂

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thanks Katie yes they turned out so pretty! Hope you try it over xmas.

  9. This cakes so beautiful and tasty. Also, I love your styling in the photos, so pretty!

    Rachael xx.


    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thanks so much Rachel for popping over.

  10. Wow, this cake looks beautiful and so Christmassy. I love the idea of putting those fruit crisps into the frosting – such a good tip! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thanks Georgina, so glad you like it.

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