It looks really difficult but it is actually amazingly easy - its just the ingredients list that looks daunting. This also makes an unforgettable wedding or christening cake.
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I don't want to say that the recipe was bad, but I'm so frustrated by what has just been a very expensive go at making fruitcake again! I took it out of the oven 20 minutes before the recipe called for, but it looks burnt! My oven is accurate, I bake every week, but somehow when it comes to fruitcakes, I always either under- or over bake them! Any advice? - 16 Sep 2012
Hi graywriter1, the four months is how long the author recommends you age the cake before you marzipan and ice it. We'll change the 'keep' to 'age' to make this more clear! Also, if you don't have four months, 6 to 8 weeks should be just fine! - 27 Oct 2011
excellent. i made this last christmas and was the 1st christmas cake i've ever made. end result was perfect. - 14 Sep 2011