For preparing xmas fruit cake, first dice the fruits and keep in rum/brandy.
Add rum and mix well.
Keep this at room temperature over night.
Dice or crush the nuts into small pieces.
:- You can do these steps the day before you plan to make the cake.
Place the eggs and butter at room temperature the night before you make the cake.
Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.
Measure and keep ready the flour, sugar and the flavorings.
:- To make the caramel, use a white enameled pot, if you have one. The light surface will help to see exactly the caramelizing process. If you don't have one, use a medium saucepan.