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Easiest Fruit Cake

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Introduction

This is so simple to put together, yet tastes suberb. I use this recipe very sucessfully for my Christmas cakes, when it's marzipanned, iced and decorated people love it!

Ingredients

Serves: Aprox 8-10 slices?

  • 1 handful halved candied cherries
  • 2 teaspoons mixed peel
  • 2 teaspoons chopped mixed nuts
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa (for extra richness)
  • 340 dried fruit
  • 113 butter
  • 113 brown sugar
  • ⅛ water
  • 1 medium beaten egg
  • 227 self-raising flour

Method

Easiest Fruit Cake is a community recipe submitted by dextersmummy and has not been tested by Nigella.com so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Put the dried fruit (plus cherries, nuts, peel if you are adding them) butter/marg, sugar and water into a large saucepan and bring to the boil
  • Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring
  • Put aside to cool for a few minutes
  • Add the beaten egg with a spoon
  • Then add the flour (and cocoa if you are using) gradually and stir it all up well
  • Put into a greased lined tin and bake at gas mark 2, 300f, 150c on a low shelf for I hour 15 mins
  • Additional Information

    I have used various brown sugars to do this and they all came out well, demerara, soft brown, dark brown etc etc, even used a mix of brown & white when I had to! I add the extra ingredients when I'm making Christmas cakes with this recipe, also a glug of whicky or brandy, but add whatever you fancy! I always double the ingredients and make two at once, it takes no more time and you have one to freeze. It freezes very well.

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    What 11 Others have said

    • Just tried this with gluten free flour (self-raising) and it works brilliantly! Also added Disaronno x

      Posted by Layley on 9th April 2016
    • Hello - just in the process of trying your recipe, but did anyone else find their cake didn't rise? Mine has been in the oven 30 of the 90 minutes and I can see it through the glass and it's still flat?? xx Thank you in advance.

      Posted by natkay on 18th March 2016
    • So simple to make, and for those who still like 'old money' 0.3 of a pint is 4.8 fluid ounces.

      Posted by tracy1010 on 12th December 2015
    • I have googled 0.3 pints and the conversion is 141 millilitres. I am going to attempt this recipe today..?

      Posted by Dollyclump on 24th October 2015
    • I have baked this few times. I use a 8" round tin and it is a great size. What confuses me is 0.3 of a pint. What is that is either metric or imperial because there just isn't such a thing as 0.3 of a pint... I just guess but it comes out different every time :)

      Posted by POTTYANDCAKE on 26th August 2015
    • Loved this cake and plan on adapting to use as a Christmas cake, but I am not sure I got the amount of liquid right. What is 0.3pint of water... I worked it out to 6 fl oz .. Is that correct

      Posted by Loopylin55 on 2nd August 2015
    • Also great as a date and walnut cake! So easy to change the cake, just use the same base and change the fruit etc. Thank you!

      Posted by CharAdams on 8th April 2015
    • I changed the liquid to 1 part water, 1 part orange juice & 1 part booze (JD or Brandy) & added spices for extra christmas taste :) found a 10 inch tin for not too deep a cake ideal & 8 inch for slightly deeper :)

      Posted by MrsScorbiesCakes on 9th December 2014
    • So easy and yet so delicious - will be making this over and over - used a 1lb loaf tin by the way...

      Posted by Gary.mays on 29th November 2013
    • Could you add a drop of booze to this great recipe to make it a bit more xmasy, if so when would you add it?

      Posted by Rusky on 6th November 2013
    • any idea what size tin to use ?

      Posted by bearcub on 29th October 2013
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