I've been making this cake for over 10 years. Each year it changes slightly - whether just the alcohol I soak the fruit in or sometimes something else (one year I made my own mixed spice - it was great but I could never replicate it!)
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how long do you make this cake before christmas - 27 Nov 2013
I tried making this in a 22cm heart shaped tin and it came out burnt and was a complete failure. So I doubled up on the quantity, added a tsp of bicarb and cooked it for about 5 hours at 140 degrees centegrade. It looks much better, just hope it tastes as good as it smelt while it was cooking. - 15 Oct 2011
I made this very fruity, boozy cake. After an hour in the oven at 170c ,turned it down to 140c , tested the cake after 1 hour and twenty minutes and it was ready. Any longer and it would have burnt. I didn't bother to ice it. It tasted great, my husband enjoyed it. Would make again. - 17 Dec 2015