Three Tier Fruit Wedding Cake

  • Total Time

    8h 0m
    • Prep Time

      2h 0m
    • Bake Time

      6h 0m
  • Makes

    3
  • Skill Level

    Advanced
  • Dietary Needs

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This three tier fruit wedding cake is simply gorgeous, looks amazing and will be the perfect centrepiece on the bride and grooms special day.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C (130°C fan, 300°F, gas mark 2).

  2. Grease and line the appropriate cake tin using a double thickness of baking paper. Tie a double thickness of brown paper round the outside of the tin and then stand the tin on a baking sheet which has also been lined with a double thickness of brown paper.

  3. Place currants, sultanas, raisins, glace cherries and mixed peel in a large mixing bowl. Add the brandy, mix well and cover with cling film.  Leave to soak for a few hours, preferably overnight.

  4. Sift the flour, mixed spice and cinnamon together in another large bow. Add the almonds.

  5. Place the butter, sugar and grated lemon rind into a bowl and beat together until light and fluffy.  This would be better done with an electric mixer, especially for the larger sizes.

  6. Gradually add the beaten eggs, adding a tablespoon of flour, if the mixture starts to curdle.

  7. Fold in the flour and spice mix until well combined.  Finally add the soaked fruits along with any remaining liquid that may be in the bowl.  Fold until evenly distributed through the mixture.

  8. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and spread evenly. Tap the tin on the work surface a few times so to get rid of any air pockets. Smooth the surface with a back of a spoon, making a light dip in the middle of the cake.

  9. Bake in the center of the oven - the smallest tier should take 2 1/2 hours, the middle tier 4 hours and the largest tier will bake for 6 hours.   Test the cake about 15 minutes before the end of the recommended time, by inserting a skewer in the center of the cake. If the skewer comes out clean the cake is cooked, if not return to the oven and re-test in 15 minutes. When cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.

  10. When cool, remove form the tin, but do not remove the baking paper.  Prick the top of the cakes and spoon over half the remaining brandy.  Wrap in foil and store. Unwrap and feed with the remaining brandy.  Wrap again until ready to decorate.

  11. To marzipan the cakes, brush the top and sides of the fruit cake with warmed, smooth apricot jam.

  12. Lightly dust the work surface and rolling pin with sifted icing sugar. Roll the marzipan, turning it 90° after every roll to get an even thickness.  Roll the marzipan to a thickness of a £1 coin.

  13. Using the rolling pin, lift the marzipan and ease it over the cake.  Use your hands to smooth the marzipan into place, making sure there are no air pockets. Trim away the excess marzipan from the base of the cake using a small knife.

    Top Tip: How to Cover a Cake in Marzipan
  14. Lightly dust your hands with icing sugar and gently run over the cake with your hands to even out any lumps or bumps. Let the marzipan set for 1 to 2 days at room temperature before icing.

  15. Following the instructions on the icing sugar pack, make up the royal icing beating it until it is thick and reaches a stiff peak. You may need to make this in several batches due to the volume of icing required. 

    • 2kg Royal Icing Sugar (we like Silver Spoon)
  16. Divide the royal icing out between the three cakes. Spoon some of the icing on top of the cake and use a palette knife to spread it out evenly, covering the top and sides. To create a natural, rugged appearance to your icing, swirl the palette knife as you spread it out. Leave the cake to harden completely for around 2-3 days. 

    Top Tip: How to Decorate with Royal Icing
  17. To build up the tiers on your wedding cake, cut out a template the same size as the second layer and sit in the position of the second tier.  Mark each corner with a needle.  Push a plastic dowel into the cake and mark with the dowel with a pencil indicating where it comes out of the cake. Lift out of the dowels and trim the dowels about 1-2mm above the mark then stick them back into the cake. Pipe some royal icing onto the center of the bottom tier to secure the second tier.  Carefully place the second tier onto the bottom one. Repeat this process with each tier.

  18. Once stacked, decorate the cake with fresh flowers, fruit and/or a special cake topper.

  19. This iced cake can be iced 2 weeks in advance, however the fruit cake can be baked way in advance (similar to a Christmas Cake) To keep it moist you could feed your cake with fruit juice or alcohol.

    Top Tip: How to Feed a Fruit Cake

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