Ultimate Christmas fruit cake

    5 hours

    This cake may take 4 hours to bake, but it's really worth it. It's dense and packed full of fruity goodness. Enjoy as is or cover with a layer of icing.

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    Makes: 1 cake

    • 375ml ginger ale
    • 1.5kg mixed dried fruit
    • 300g butter
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 6 eggs, beaten
    • 565g plain flour, sifted
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons brandy, sherry or whisky

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:4hr  ›  Extra time:30min cooling  ›  Ready in:5hr 

    1. Bring dried fruit and ginger ale to the boil for 1 minute. Let cool a little, before adding butter. Beat in when melted.
    2. Cool a little more, then add sugar and stir. Cool until at room temperature.
    3. Stir in brandy. Add beaten eggs alternately with flour.
    4. Preheat oven to 160 C / Gas 2 1/2. Grease and line a round baking tin with baking parchment.
    5. Pour into prepared tin. Decorate with additional nuts and cherries, if desired.
    6. Bake in preheated oven for 2 hours. Reduce heat to 140 C / Gas 1 and bake for an additional 2 hours.
    7. The cake is done when a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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    This recipe looks good but can you pleas advise what size baking tin to use?  -  18 Nov 2011


    A really lovely cake and so easy  -  02 Dec 2012