Never Fail Fruit Cake

    Never Fail Fruit Cake


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    About this recipe: This one is all fruit, hardly any cake and absolutely delicious! Keep it in the refrigerator indefinitely.

    Serves: 30 

    • 500g glace cherries
    • 500g candied pineapple
    • 400g pitted dates
    • 450g chopped pecans
    • 900g desiccated coconut
    • 3 tablespoons plain flour
    • 2 (397g) tins condensed sweetened milk

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:1hr50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 150 C / Gas mark 2. Lightly grease a 25cm (10 in) tube cake tin. Line bottom of tin with greased baking parchment. Set aside.
    2. Chop fruit and nuts in a large mixing bowl. Add coconut and mix well with hands. Stir in flour, then sweetened condensed milk. Blend well.
    3. Pack firmly in prepared tube tin. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from oven. Run knife around edge of cake and remove rim of tin. When barely warm, remove tube bottom and parchment from cake.

    And for the finishing touch...

    For a traditional Christmas cake finish, top with shop-bought marzipan or try this recipe. For a speedy finish, you can then top it with a variety of glace fruits, dried fruits and/or nuts, or use ready to roll icing. For a homemade touch, try this royal icing recipe.

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