Fruit cake

  • Total Time

    4h 55m
    • Prep Time

    • Bake Time

      4h 30m
  • Serves


  • Skill Level

  • 1 Review

    5 star rating

A traditional light fruit cake with a special blend of spices.


  1. Preheat the oven to (150°C 300°F, gas mark 2). Butter a 23cm (9 in) round cake tin and line with a double thickness of buttered greaseproof paper or non-stick baking parchment.

  2. Soak the apricots in the whisky or brandy for at least 4 hours or overnight.

  3. Cream the butter and sugar with the lemon and orange zest until light and fluffy, then stir in the almonds.

  4. Whisk the eggs until pale and thick, then gradually whisk into the creamed mixture until well mixed.

  5. Sift the flour and salt into the bowl and gently fold into the mixture with a metal spoon.

  6. Stir in the orange and lemon juices, soaked apricots, the candied fruits, ginger and the walnuts. Spoon into the prepared tin and make a slight hollow in the centre.

  7. Bake just below the centre of the oven for 2½ hours, then cover the cake loosely with foil and reduce the heat to 140°C (275°F, gas mark 1) and bake for another 1½-2 hours until cooked through - test with a skewer, which should come out clean.

  8. Cool the cake in the tin, then turn out and wrap in greaseproof paper and foil and store in a cool but not cold place for up to three weeks.

  9. To make the icing for the decoration, whisk the egg whites until frothy and gradually stir in about 2/3 of the golden icing sugar, beating well.

  10. Beat in the lemon juice and the rest of the icing sugar until the icing is thick and forms soft peaks.

  11. Spoon onto the cold cake and spread roughly over the cake with a palette knife.

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  1. 5 star rating

    How long would this cake keep, carefully wrapped and kept in cool dark place, it reads as if it would make a great Xmas cake
    Hi Irene,
    You can store this for months- 3 months for sure. The more alcohol it contains, the longer you can stretch out the shelf life! Sarah in the office says she makes her Christmas cake in August and feeds it monthly and it lasts well after Christmas.
    Best of luck,
    Baking Mad

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