I am writing this for 100s of messages I got, requesting this cake. It  is really hard to get the correct recipe from someone who knows it as they are keeping the secrets to them selves. So I thought of unveiling the secrets of this recipe. So I have to expect more dislikes on my video. I really don’t worry about that at all. Hah ha……Special thanks to  my beautiful friend Shehani  who gave me so many instructions to do this exactly correct.

Sri Lankan wedding cake is a very rich cake. This can be done for Christmas as a Christmas cake too. The secret of the taste is the maturing process. You can do this without maturing the cake for months too. But the beautiful colours and rich taste comes from the correct process.

If you want to start your own business try doing this. Even you can do it for your own wedding and can save a lot of money. All you need is to start it as early as possible and get the help from friends and the family.

So now I am going to describe all the the things that you need to know. So read carefully to get it right. First you need to cut the fruits very finely and need to mature several months. make sure to doit right with out mixing any water. Rose essence is very strong. So when you add it make sure to add several teaspoons only. But the rose water and flavour is not very strong. So you can add up to a wine glass. Instead of brandy you can add sweet sherry or even rum. But brandy add the strong flavour to the wedding cake. And it helps to preserve it for a longer time.

When Baking it takes a longer time. Depending on how thick your cake is. So always keep an eye on it after 2 hours of baking. If you don’t have a large tray like the one I am using Use several trays.  I only did a small amount of icing  just to show you how to do it. I have done cashew pate in one video before. Click on the link and get it. You can multiply the icing to the amount you wish. I did that for about 500g piece of cake. This whole cake weighs 6.2 kilograms.  So you need to multiply it in  14. You can cut more than 150 pieces. Always depends on the size of the cake.  Enjoy baking. Don’t forget to leave a feed back after you try.

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For the first part

  • 400g Currants
  • 400g Pumpkin preserve
  • 400g Sultana
  • 400g Raisins
  • 250g Cashew
  • 1 bottle preserved Ginger
  • 1 bottle  preserved chow chow
  • 1 bottle preserved Pumpkin
  • 1 bottle preserved candid peel
  • 1 wine glass full brandy
  • Rose essence or rose water
  • 1 tbsp.. All spice
  • 1 wine glass full bees honey

For the second part

  • 10 egg whites
  • 20 Egg yolks
  • 500g Butter
  • 250g Semolina
  • 250g Caster sugar
  • 250g icing sugar
  • Golden syrup
  • The matured fruit mix done before

For the almond paste…

  • 100g Cashew finely ground
  • 100g icing sugar
  • Sugar syrup
  • 1/4 tsp almond essence
  • 1/4 tsp rose water


  1. Cut all the fruits and nuts very finely.
  2. Add brandy in to the fruit.
  3. Add all the syrup from the preserved fruits.
  4. Next add vanilla and rose water with the spices.
  5. After add the bees honey and stir well.
  6. Close tightly and leave in a dark place about 3 months.
  7. Beat the egg white  with half of the caster sugar until the soft peak.
  8. Add e table spoon full butter in to the semolina and dry Roast the semolina until golden brown.
  9. Add butter and left over sugar with the confectionary sugar and whisk until creamy.
  10. Add egg yolks one by one and whisk until pale in colour.
  11. Add egg mix in to  the fruit mix.
  12. Next add the semolina and mix well.
  13. Preheat the oven to 130c.
  14. Prepare a large cake pan with several layers of baking paper.
  15. Pour the mix in.
  16. Bake about 3-4 hours.
  17. Leave to cool completely in the tray.
  18. Prick the cake & Pour about 1/4 cup of brandy over the cake.
  19. At this point if you like to break at once break and put in to a container.
  20. Cover well. And leave to mature. If you like wet the cake once a month with brandy.
  21. Break the cake or slice the cake to the desired size pieces.
  22. Press on to the prepared tray.
  23. Add the cashew meal and icing sugar, syrup and almond and rose essence in to a mix well.
  24. Keep on kneading until all combines.
  25. After add some icing sugar on to the bench and knead well. And using a rolling pin roll the paste thin as you can.
  26. Sprinkle some cashew meal on top of the cake.
  27. After put it on the pressed cake.
  28. Cut to the size you wish.
  29. Wrap in oil paper and next in cellophane.
  30. Ready to serve. Can keep about year or more.
Posted by:The Culinary Corner

<p>Hi, I am Menaka. I was a teacher for 18 years and after migrating to Australia accidentally I found an amazing lady called ” Mary” who directed me to become a chef.I studied 3 years while working and became a qualified chef. After I studied about baking and hospitality management.<br /> My son is very enthusiastic in video editing and wanted me to start recording my cooking.Thats the beginning of you tube channel “The Culinary Corner”<br /> I am a full time employee. I record all the videos by my self.<br /> As a child I started helping and cooking with my granny and I used to experiment and trying various cooking styles. That led me in this path very smoothly. I still try to experiment and adjust recipes to move with this busy and globalised world.</p>

44 replies on “Step by step Guide to Sri Lankan Wedding Cake

  1. Hi, I was wondering if anything else is added to the cake once it's cooked and you add Brandy and brake it up?? It seems that most wedding cakes are really moist and sticky, it's like it's baked and then mashed up and some sweet sticky ingredients is add before the its pushed back into the cake tin to mold it.
      1. Thank you for getting back so soon! How large are your pieces and are they broken and pressed or straight from the baked tray condition. One other querry. Is there a particular brand of brandy or arrack you favour?
      2. The pieces I cut were like 4inch by 2. Its very large.You can leave it in a bucket after breaking adding brandy. If its for a wedding You can cut smaller ones. I did this for the video and gave away to my friends. Any brand will do. ANy questions feel free to ask please.
  2. Hi, I have started doing this recipe today but now my concern is, will I be able to keep this cake for months and months if I use Apple juice? How long can I keep it if I use just the apple juice? Hope you get back to me soon as possible.
    1. Hi Riz, I cant guarantee that as I have never made with out alcohol. you should be able to keep it for about 3 months.
  3. Hello, Thanks for the lovely recipe. I have been making sri lankan rich cake for years but with your tips i think ive found out how to take it up by a notch. Could you please tell me the equivalent measurement for a wine glass in ml or gms?
  4. Thanks so much for your quick response. I was just calculating the total weight. It will weigh more than 7 kilos. Could you please throw more light on the preserved fruits? I'm in Chennai and can't procure preserved fruits in syrup as such. Can I substitute for the dry fruits respectively? Instead of a bottle of preserved ginger, can I substitute ginger chips? Dry candied peel for preserved candied peel in syrup?
  5. Hi, Thank you for the recipe. I think you are so generous to post this. I have been looking for this but all in vain. Only one thing I want to know. Could you please roughly tell me the size of the baking tin you use including the height of the finished cake. I live abroad and someone wants me to make a wedding cake (with a fondant structure) can I use this cake instead of chocolate or butter cake? and after the almond paste can I cover it with fondant . Thank you. Please reply.
    1. Hi Renuka. The height of the cake is about 3 inches. The tray was 18 inch x12inch. you can do one part with this and other with chocolate or butter cake or the whole lot with this.
  6. Many thanks for sharing your tips so freely. I have followed all the steps and have left my fruit mix to mature. I would like to know how much golden syrup I should use for this cake? Many thanks and really appreciate your generosity, i can't think of many people who would be so willing to share their knowledge. Ayomi.
    1. Hi Ayomi, You can add to get colour and a bit more sweetness. I am really happy to share this with all the Sri Lankans as they are paying a lot than what they need to for wedding cakes. DIY is the best. Any questions feel free to ask. Good Luck!
  7. Hi, first of all thank you for sharing your recipe. I follow you youtube channel as well :) I have few questions, If im to do about 500 peices for 2x2 how much should i multiply the ingredients? Because in your recipe you say you have done 4x2. Im giong to try for the first timefor one of my frnds wedding. So need your help. Also if i add bit more extra cashews will it be a problem? Also if i dnt cut the fruits very fine will that be also anbissu? Thanks you
    1. Hi Dil, Sorry for the delay in replying to you. You can multiply this recipe with out a problem. Ingredients , you need to double. You can add a bit extra cashew. Will be nice and crunchy. If you do not cut the fruits fine you will not be able to cut the slices nice. The flavours goes through well if you cut fine. Good luck. Dont worry this will come nice. Keep smiling :)
  8. I just finished baking this cake for Christmas and just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this authentic recipe. It’s perfect and and best one I have tried so far. Thank you for your support and for being so willing to share your knowledge and skills. Not many people these days would share their knowledge like you have done. This cake is so good that I am worried if it will last till Christmas. Thank you once again!!!!!!
    1. I am really glad that you like it. It helps me achieving my target. To help all Sri Lankans to DIY the cakes with out spending money in vain. Hide some like I do. :D . I have some more left. :) Good Luck. Have a Good Christmas!
  9. Hi Menaka, Thanks alot for the lovely recipe. I am planning to make this for Christmas this year. Although I will not be able to mature the ingredients like you did I trust it would come out good. One question. If I plan to add more dry fruits into this recipe apart from the items you have mentioned, do I need to alter the semolina, butter and egg quantity too? Thanks in advance.
    1. Hi Ish, Thanks . You can add a bit more extra fruit. But to my knowledge this is really fruity and enough. If you want more divide the recipe and add more.
      1. Thanks for the reply. I was collecting ingredients and a doubt appeared. You have mentioned 1 bottle of ginger preserve and so on. I bottle means - 450gm or a small 250gm jar? Sorry if this question has been answered already. I couldn't see it. Thanks for your help.
  10. Hi, i did make a trial batch and followed all the instruction, but my cake seems to be vry oily. Any particular reason why that is and how can i fix it? Thank you

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