About this recipe: This lovely wholemeal fruit cake recipe has been in our family for years and is the perfect addition to any tea party or picnic.
This recipe is incorrect. A raising agent is needed. I have found that 1/2 tsp baking powder works ok, sieved in with the flour. Also, the oven temperature and cooking time is incorrect. I cooked mine at Gas Mark 4, 180 (not fan) for 55 to 60 minutes and this seemed fine. With these changes the recipe makes a nice cake. I sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of demerara sugar over the top before cooking. - 16 Mar 2016
Just made this....timing is wrong for a fan oven! I did adjust, but even then too hot at 180.... I could smell it cooking (usually remove my cakes then) but it still had 25 mins to go, so left it another 10 mins, and consequently it was over baked......too hot to try, but will let you know if it was worth it folks!! - 01 Feb 2016
This recipe just doesnt work. I followed the recipe exactly and the cake didnt rise, it just sat there and burnt to a crisp. Its the first recipe I have used that has wasted my time, energy and money and I'm fuming!. Should have stuck with what I know works!!! Not even giving it one star....... Oven temp and cooking time needs to be reduced and thats just for starters.... - 03 Feb 2016