Apple Fruit Cake

    5 hours 35 min

    This cake is a little different than the average fruit cake. It's moist and light. It's also spiced and packed full of fruit and nuts. It's particularly good around Christmastime, but can be enjoyed anytime of the year.

    19 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 300g caster sugar
    • 200g margarine
    • 2 eggs
    • 400g plain flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 175g chopped walnuts
    • 220g raisins
    • 220g dates, pitted and chopped
    • 125g glace cherries, coarsely chopped
    • 500g apple sauce
    • 6 glace cherries, halved
    • 6 pecan halves

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr15min  ›  Extra time:4hr cooling  ›  Ready in:5hr35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 160 C / Gas 2 1/2. Grease a 26cm tube cake tin. Line bottom with baking parchment and grease again.
    2. In large bowl, cream sugar and margarine until light and fluffy. Add eggs and blend well.
    3. Combine 65g flour with nuts, raisins, dates and 125g cherries, stir until coated. Set aside.
    4. Add remaining flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and salt to egg mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened, then beat 2 minutes on medium speed.
    5. Fold fruit and nut mixture and apple sauce into batter. Pour batter into prepared tin. Arrange cherry halves and pecans on top.
    6. Bake in prehated oven for 75 to 105 minutes or until skewer inserted in centre comes clean. Cool upright in tin 5 minutes. Turn out onto wire rack and remove tin and baking parchment. Cool completely.

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    Reviews in English (11)


    I have made this recipe twice already, and everyone absolutely loves it!! I like it for the fact that there is not one bit of citron/candied fruit in it. Everything is "natural", and the added applesauce gives the cake an excellent moist texture and taste to it. I'm not a big "cloves" or "allspice" person, so I added a "pinch" more of cinnamon, and it still came out great. I also can't eat walnuts, but added more dates, raisins and cherries to the mix, and you couldn't even notice the nuts weren't in the cake. I plan on making this cake for Christmas, and the best part is that whatever is left (which there usually isn't any) I can wrap in plastic wrap and freeze! This recipe is definitely something worth trying!! I love it!!  -  19 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Okay but forget the cherries, I didn't and was disapointed  -  02 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Excellent, subbed dried apples for dates, moist and light.  -  12 Sep 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)