Money Saving on Christmas Food

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As part of the Food Money Saving Study What Consumer has compared the price of making some popular Christmas food items from scratch to buying it from the supermarket. Find out more about the Food Money Saving Study.

Key Findings:

Christmas cakes and mince pies are much cheaper if you make them yourself, so save yourself a few pounds next Christmas and make them yourself.  It goes without saying that you control what ends up in your pies, and cakes, and the end result will always taste much better, not to mention impressing your family!

Christmas Cake (makes a large 20cm cake)

Ingredients:

  • Flour: 225g – 9.7p
  • Butter: 225g – 75.6p
  • Brown sugar: 225g – 38.2p
  • Eggs: 4 – 92p
  • Currants: 450g – 67.5p
  • Sultanas: 175g – 25.2p
  • Raisins: 175g – 27.6p
  • Almonds: 50g – 54p
  • Glace cherries: 50g – 99p
  • Candied peel: 50g – 49.7p
  • Treacle: 1 tbsp – 7p
  • Brandy: 3 tbsps – 44.6p
  • Mixed spice: pinch – 17p
  • Lemon: 1 – 30p
  • Orange: 1 – 27p

Marzipan:

  • 1 block 500g – £1.42

Royal icing:

  • Eggs: 4 – 90.4p
  • Icing sugar: 500g – 49p

Total: £9.45
Round Fully Iced Christmas Cake 907g: £12.98
Saving: £3.53 (27%)
Christmas Food Index


Mince Pies (makes 12)

Ingredients:

  • Pastry: 300g – 58.8p
  • Mincemeat filling: ¾ jar – 59.2p

Total: £1.18
Mince Pies 2 Packs of Six: £2.98
Saving: £1.80 (60%)
Christmas Food Index


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