Ahhhh, the fruit cake! I have developed this recipe with a bit of a spin on the flavouring of a traditional fruit cake by making the main fruits ginger and sultanas. I have made this cake for my Granny’s birthday and she loves ginger! The photo shows very rough edges which is because I was being lazy and I use loaf tin liners instead of greaseproof paper to line my tin… I think it actually gives it quite a rustic look if you’re going to keep the cake naked! I’m going to trim the edges of this cake and ice it, in true occasion cake fashion- how to ice a cake will be on next weeks Sunday baking blog!
I have made this cake a few weeks in advance of the Birthday party and I am feeding it- this means skewering the cake with holes and pouring (a bit) of alcohol over the cake. Usually whiskey or brandy is used and you can feed the cake every week or every other week until you ice it. It makes a really moist cake! This recipe is perfect for an occasion cake such as Christmas, a birthday or a wedding or just for a nice peace of cake at home with a cup of tea! So here’s the recipe!
- 220g soft butter
- 220g dark brown soft sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon of honey (I used runny)
- 280g self raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 200g sultanas
- 200g glace ginger
- 1 finely chopped / diced eating apple (I used Granny Smith)
- Heat the oven to180C/ 160 fan
- Line a baking tin- if you want to be lazy use two 2lb loaf liners! I use fry light spray to grease...
- Cream together the butter and sugar
- Add in the eggs and honey and mix
- Add in the baking powder, self raising flour and almond extract and mix
- Finally add in the fruit- if you have been using an electric mixer it's best to mix the fruit in by hand
- Bake for 1 hour - to test ensure a knife or skewer comes out of the centre of the cake clean. This is a very dense bake and depending on your oven could take longer than an hour. If your cake needs more cooking but you're worried the top will catch cover with a butter paper or tin foil
If you give this recipe a go be sure to tag me on social media so I can see your bakes!