About this recipe:These wonderful fruit cakes are the perfect Christmas treat, which can be enjoyed anytime of the year. They are packed with fruit, nuts and spices.
Makes: 1 23cm tube cake and 1 loaf
500g plain flour
400g caster sugar
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons cornflour
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cloves
750g unsweetened apple sauce
175ml vegetable oil
175g chopped pitted dates
450g crystallised mixed fruit
240g chopped walnuts
60g walnut halves
170g halved glace cherries
Method Prep:20min › Cook:1hr › Ready in:1hr20min
Preheat oven to 150 C / Gas 2. Grease one 23cm tube cake tin and one 23x13cm loaf tin.
Sieve the flour, sugar, cocoa, cornflour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves into a large bowl. Stir in the apple sauce and oil, then mix in the raisins, dates, mixed fruit and 240g walnuts. Pour into the prepared tins to about 3/4 full.
Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven or until a skewer inserted into the crown of the cake comes out clean.