This is the Christmas Cake Mum used to make every year.
1 kg Christmas Cake
3 12 oz packets mixed fruit (boxes are now 375 g)
1/4 cup sherry
3 Tbs orange juice
Mix well and stand overnight
8 ounces butter (225 g)
8 ounces dark brown sugar (225 g)
few drops almond essence
1/2 cup mashed banana
Add 4 eggs (one at a time then mix)
Fold in the fruit
2 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp bicarb soda
1 tsp spice
Use 8 inch round or square cake tin lined with 3 thicknesses of brown paper and one of white (???) (20 cm - and I think now we'd use baking paper)
Drop cake in tin (after filled) to remove air bubbles
Glaze smooth with hand wet with water. Can cover cake with paper.
Bake 3 to 4 hours in very moderate oven, decreasing heat.