About this recipe:This is a cross between a carrot cake and a fruit cake - very dense, moist and delicious. You can bake this cake in two 20cm or 23cm round cake tins instead of the tube cake tin, if desired. Enjoy!
225ml vegetable oil
175g caster sugar
220g dark brown soft sugar
350g finely grated carrots
310g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarb of soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
150g currants or raisins
170g glace cherries, halved
240g mixed fruit
150g dates, pitted and chopped
120g coarsely chopped walnuts
60g plain flour
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Method Prep:30min › Cook:1hr30min › Ready in:2hr
Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease and flour one 25cm tube cake tin.
Beat the vegetable oil with both sugars. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the grated carrots. Add the 310g flour, bicarb, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir until just moistened.
Toss the raisins, glace cherries, mixed fruit, chopped dates and the chopped walnuts with the remaining 60g flour. Stir to coat. Add fruit and nut mixture to the cake mixture and stir until combined. Pour cake mixture into the prepared tin.
D·E·L·I·C·I·O·U·S·!! Made it today. Bit of a job (no helper, no machine to grate carrots *smile*). Cooled down just long enough to take some to tea to a friend who invited me to pop over just as I started making the cake (she also loved it).
Substituted glacé cherries with organic dried figs and mixed fruit with organic apricots. Also made it with a mix of plain flour and spelt. Managed to have enough for TWO 25cm cake tins (11cm wide). Out of this world, really. Thank you so much for this divine recipe, which I will undoubtedly make until the day I die!
Long-time baking enthusiast. - 08 Jul 2014
It was easy to make and yummy to eat. Hubby is not a fruit cake lover yet between the two of us we have almost polished off the whole cake. I didn't have the exact ingredients but substituted the same weight of the fruit that I had available.
I poured some sherry over the cake when it came out of the oven so it was super moist. - 15 Dec 2014