Most rich fruit cakes are high in fat and added sugar, but this one is an exception. It's relatively low in fat, and depends mainly on dried fruits soaked in apple juice for natural sweetness. Decorated with nuts, and glacé and crystallised fruits, it makes a healthy cake that would be festive enough for Christmas.
For easier slicing, bake the cake in a long loaf tin, about 1.4 litres (2½ pints) in capacity. * Soak the fruit in cherry brandy instead of apple juice.
Dried figs are a good source of fibre and also contain compounds known to have mild laxative effects. Drying the fruit concentrates their nutrients, making them a useful source of calcium and iron. * Pecans are a good source of protein and unsaturated fats, and they provide useful amounts of vitamin E, folate and fibre.
Useful source of copper, vitamin B6.
Used different ingredients. I didn't know what molasses sugar was, so I used dark brown soft sugar instead. - 04 Dec 2008
This cake was just as satisfying and rich as a typical christmas cake. i might even like it better because it's just that bit lighter, not so heavy like most christmas cakes. Thank you - a great recipe! - 04 Dec 2008
My grandma who is now 92 loves this as a Christmas cake as it dose not have the sickly layers of icing but has plenty of taste. I make as a 8 inch round cake and add plenty of glazed fruit and nuts to the top - 19 Nov 2012