Celebration Fruit Cake
800g mixed dried fruit
175ml Bath Harvest Rapeseed Oil
200g dark brown sugar
4 tbsp honey
*120ml alcohol (e.g. brandy, whisky)
120ml fruit juice or 2 oranges juiced
2 tbsp mixed spice
3 medium eggs, beaten
200g self raising flour
100g ground almonds
To ice cake;
3 tbsp apricot jam
*optional – replace with same volume of fruit juice if leaving alcohol out.
- Start by soaking the dried fruit in the alcohol and fruit juice ideally overnight or for a good few hours.
- Prepare an 8 – 9″ round cake (preferably spring form or loose bottom) tin by greasing then double lining with baking paper. Allow for a 3" cuff above the tin.
- Weigh all your ingredients out ready for making the cake.
- Put your soaked fruit into a large heavy based saucepan. Add the rapeseed oil, sugar, honey, and spice. Warm gently over a low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Now let it bubble gently, don’t allow it to boil vigorously or your alcohol will evaporate. Taste for sweetness at this stage, adding a little more honey if needed.
- Set aside to cool.
- Preheat your oven for Gas Mark 2 or 150C.
- Add to your cooled mixture the beaten eggs, flour and ground almonds. Mix with a wooden spoon until combined thoroughly.
- Turn into your prepared tin and smooth top with a metal spoon to level. Bake in centre of oven for 2 – 2 ½ hours. Test with a skewer – when it comes out clean, it’s done.
- Remove from tin and leave to cool. The cake can be stored in a cool place for several months if required wrapped in baking paper and a layer of tinfoil. You can feed your cake with a little more alcohol every couple of weeks if your wish.
- To ice; place your cake on a cake board then brush all over with warmed, sieved apricot jam.
Dust a clean surface with icing sugar. Roll out the marzipan to 1cm thick and lay over your cake, smoothing down the edges with your hands to tightly cover the whole cake. Trim with a sharp knife. Allow the marzipan to dry for 1 day. Roll out your sugar paste also to 1cm thick and cover the cake again, trimming any excess with a knife. Finish with a ribbon and/or your choice of decoration.