Three years ago I put a recipe on my blog for a Christmas Cake . This is a slightly simpler fruit cake that you can enjoy anytime of the year. My Nana used to always have a fruit cake in a tin to accompany a good cup of tea my mum also used to sometimes make a similar cake too. This recipe makes two cakes as it as easy to make one as too and I’m sure we all know someone who would appreciate being given a cake. I keep it quite simple using raisins / sultanas soaked over night in tea to keep the cake moist.
So what do you need?
- 500g dried fruit (raisins / sultanas and anything else you like)
- 3 heaped tbsp. marmalade (about 150g)
- a cup of strong black tea
- 4 tsp. spices (e.g. cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg)
- 100g chopped almonds (optional)
- 250g unsalted softened butter
- 250g soft brown sugar
- 6 medium eggs
- 500g plain flour
- 4 tsp. baking powder
So what do you do?
Put the fruit and marmalade in a bowl and pour over the cup of tea and stir together. Leave this overnight so the fruit absorbs the liquid. The next day put the oven on 150 degrees C / 300 degrees F and grease and line two cake tins (7 inch / 18 cm round or 6 inch / 16 cm square).
Put the butter and sugar in a mixer / mixing bowl and cream them together. Then add the eggs one at a time followed by all the other dry ingredients. Once everything this is all mixed together add the fruit and mix it in. Spoon the mixture into the two tins and put into the oven. Cook for 1 3/4 hours, check after about 80 mins. and cover if there is any fruit on top that looks like it’s going to burn. Cook until brown on top and a skewer comes out clean. Leave in the tin for 10 mins. before allowing to cool on a rack. You can glaze the cake with some warmed marmalade, heat a heaped tbsp. of marmalade with a tbsp. of water and brush over the top of the cakes..