About this recipe:This is the best fruit cake I have tried - All the sweetness comes from the fruit as there is no added sugar or fat in this cake. I even used it for my Christmas cake and it was very good - yes, this did have added marzipan and icing on it, so not so healthy for this one! You can use a mix of any dried fruit - I use figs, apricots, currants, raisins, sultanas, cherries.
Put dates and water in a saucepan, bring up 'just' to the boil and simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Stir occasionally, until all of the dates have broken down to a pulp. Leave to cool slightly.
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
Chop the figs and apricots until the size of sultanas. Put all of the other ingredients into a bowl, except the orange juice. Add the date pulp and gradually add the orange juice until you get a moist, but not too wet, mix. Put cake mixture into a lined loaf tin or 20cm round cake tin.
Bake for about 1 1/4 hour.
Best left for a couple of days for the flavours to mature. If using as a Christmas cake, douse with your favourite spirit, wrap in greaseproof paper and then in foil, and leave for several weeks before icing and marzipan go on the cake. Enjoy!
Cooked as recipe, using mainly mixed fruit from a packet and some figs to make up to 450g. First time I used a loaf tin. Second time a cake tin. Each time it failed to rise, coming out more like a fruity bread pudding than a cake. It's tasty but very solid. Where am I going wrong? - 14 Jan 2013
Really good reciepe. i was looking for a sugar free reciepe for my dad whos just been diagnosed with diabetes but everyone loves it. dead easy to adjust for different tasting cakes. added coconut and apple cause i had no almonds and not enough dried fruit and it worked fine. Definitly need to use some boiled dates, the spice snd the cocoa otherwise it doesn't work - 31 Aug 2012