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
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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.
This was gloriously moist. I ran out of walnuts and cherries but the recipe was robust to substitutions.
One issue: I suspect the apple sauce has compromised some of this fruit cake's legendary longevity
, I will be freezing mine to be on the safe side.
Personally I will go easier on the cloves when I make this recipe again but it was delicious nonetheless! - 29 Mar 2015