Light fruit cake

    3 hours 30 min

    This fruit cake is light, fruity and delicious. It's dotted with glace cherries, pineapple, raisins, mixed peel and almonds. It's the perfect cake to be used as a wedding or Christmas cake.

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    Makes: 2 - loaf tins and 1 - 11cm round cake

    • 450g glace cherries, halved
    • 5 crystallised pineapple rings, finely chopped
    • 875g golden raisins
    • 360g cut mixed peel
    • 170g almonds
    • 125g plain flour
    • 450g butter, softened
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 6 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 4 tablespoons orange juice
    • 625g plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 6 almonds, split

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:3hr30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 140 C / Gas 1. Line the bottom and sides of two greased 23x13cm loaf tins and one round 11cm tin with brown paper. Grease the paper.
    2. In a large bowl, stir together cherries, pineapple, raisins, mixed peel, 170g almonds and 125g flour. Mix until fruit is coated with flour.
    3. In another large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in orange juice and vanilla. Combine 625g flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Stir in floured fruit and nuts. Mix. Spoon batter into prepared tins, filling each 3/4 full. Arrange split almonds on tops.
    4. Bake for about 3 hours or until skewer comes out clean. Cover with foil if top gets too dark while baking.

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    Reviews in English (4)


    Wonderful. Made half as only me and husband. It only took just over an hour with half the mixture.  -  14 Jun 2015


    Thank you!  -  12 Nov 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    There were a lot of complaints on this recipe(on the other listing as it appears twice). This recipe works great with a few modifications. 1. You can use any type of dried fruit to equal 6 cups total that you like, ie light/dark raisins, chopped dried apricots, dried cherries, cranberries, currants etc 2. Add 1 extra cup butter. Use a mix of sugars ie white, brown and splenda to equal 2 cups. 3. Add some cinnamon/nutmeg to enhance flavor 4. Finally and this is the key set the timer in 1 hour increments so it does not over bake as baking time of 3 hours will probably overbake and dry it out. 5. For those who like this you can add a couple of tablespoons rum every few days til Christmas and this also makes it moist and tasty.  -  10 Dec 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)