Rich fruit celebration cake

  • Total Time

    3h 0m
    • Prep Time

      30m
    • Bake Time

      2h 30m
  • Serves

    12


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This moist, rich cake is perfect for all special occasion, it is delicious on its own or covered with marzipan and sugar paste or royal icing.

Method

  1. Grease and line a deep cake tin with non-stick baking paper or use a non-stick 8" cake tin.

  2. Wash the fruits and drain through a sieve. Tip into a bowl, and pour the brandy over the mixture. Leave to steep for up to 6 hours.

  3. Preheat the oven to 140°C (120°C fan, gas mark 1). Ensure all the ingredients are at room temperature.

  4. Melt the butter and sugar together in a saucepan, stirring until well mixed, then pour into a mixing bowl.

  5. Add the treacle and mix well, then add the eggs and mix again.

  6. Sift in the flour, baking powder and spices and fold in well, then stir in the steeped fruit and remaining liquid, the glacé ginger and vanilla extract.

  7. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Leave the cake to cool in the tin and turn out when cold.

  8. To store wrap in a double layer of greaseproof paper and a layer of foil. Store at room temperature to mature for up to 6 weeks prior to the event. Once covered in marzipan and icing, this cake will keep for a further 6 months at room temperature. Alternatively, store in the freezer wrapped in a double layer of greaseproof paper and double layer of foil pretty much indefinitely.

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Reviews

  1. 4 star rating

    Can I ask about the cooking times cause in the description it says 2.5hrs but in someone's question it says 3.5 to 4 hrs
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    Hi Catherine,
    The baking time is 2.5 hrs for an 8" round cake tin. The other recipe comments are for different timings because of the increased quantities. The more batter, the longer the cake needs.
    Happy Baking!

  2. 4 star rating

    I am baking this fruit cake for. Wedding. Can you tell me please how long I need to bake it for in a 12” square tin and also the temperature. Thank you
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    Hi

    You would need to increase the quantity of the ingredients if you are baking in a larger tin. Perhaps double the quantity.

    You should still bake at the same temperature as specified however, you will need to bake for at least 5-5½ hours. Check to see if your cake is baked throughout by inserting a skewer into the centre of the cake. If there is still mixture on the skewer when removed, bake for a further 15-30 minutes and then test again.

    If the top of the cake begins to brown too quickly you can protect it with a sheet of baking paper loosely laid on top.

    Happy Baking

  3. 4 star rating

    Hi, is a non-alcoholic alternative I could use instead of the brandy without compromising the taste?
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    If you are looking for a non-alcoholic alternative I would recommend using orange juice, this will perfectly compliment the flavour of the other fruits in the cake.

    Happy Baking!

  4. 4 star rating

    I know of a fruit cake recipe ( same amount of dried fruits) requiring more eggs ( 8 eggs) + flour ( 425 plain flour + 125 self raising)

    Separately if I were to divide this recipe into 2 rectangular bake tins - kindly advise temp and timing. Thanks

  5. 5 star rating

    this is the best ever fruit cake i have tried, and sooo very easy, doesnt last long enough to ice!! Mmmm

  6. 5 star rating

    What size tin would you need for this cake. Also approximately how long would it need to be baked for?
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    We would recommend baking this cake in either a deep 6" cake tin or 8" cake tin. Bake for between 3½ hours - 4 hours

    Happy Baking!

  7. 5 star rating

    This is one of the best fruit cake recipe I have ever made. It’s packed with fruit and it seems the longer you keep it the better it tastes . I tend to pop a piece of foil over the top when at the end of cooking to stop the top burning. Also make sure all fruit is in the mixture in the Tim and not poking out anywhere over the edge . They will catch the heat and not taste nice .

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