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How To Make Fruit Cake

How To Make Fruit Cake

Perfect for wedding cake, christmas cake or cake for special occasions. This rich fruit cake is easy to make, iced with marzipan for a perfect fruit cake.

Step 1: You will need:

Step 2: Soak the fruit

Soak 800g mixed dried fruit, 100g chopped mixed peel and 150g glace cherries in 250ml orange liqueur overnight.

Step 3: Preheat oven

The next day, heat your oven to 150C/300F/Gas2. Grease a 20cm/8inch round or an 18cm/7inch square cake tin and line the bottom and sides with baking parchment.

Step 4: Flour mixture

Sieve 225g plain flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon into a bowl.

Step 5: Butter mixture

Cream 200g butter and 200g dark brown sugar in a large mixing bowl and then mix in 2 tablespoons of black treacle, 1 tablespoon marmalade and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence until light and fluffy.

Step 6: Add eggs

Beat 4 eggs, and fold them a little at a time into the mixture adding a tablespoon of the flour mixture with the last of the eggs.

Step 7: Add flour mixture

Fold in the remaining flour mixture until well mixed. Then mix in the soaked fruit mixture with 100g chopped almonds.

Step 8: Bake

Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and make a slight hollow in the centre. Bake in the oven for 3 hours and then test with a skewer. If it's not ready bake for up to another hour testing every 20 minutes until the skewer comes out clean.

Step 9: Cool

Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes. Turn out on to a wire rack and leave to cool.

Step 10: Soak

Once cool, make a few holes in the cake with a skewer and pour over 3-4 tbsp of Orange Liqueur. Let it soak into the cake. Store the cake wrapped in foil and in an airtight tin or plastic container, holes side up.

Step 11: Store

For a rich and moist cake, spoon over a few tablespoons of brandy, Orange Liqueur, or for an alcohol free version use cold tea, every week until you are ready to ice and decorate your cake