Saturday, 21 May 2011

Light Fruit Cake - Random recipes #4 Just Desserts

... i know I should be making some typically British 'Carry-On' style smutty joke out of the title of this post but quite frankly I can't be bothered... I have a stinky cold and this has been one of the shittiest weeks of the year so far... so here's my entry for my own Random Recipes challenge, which I've taken from Liz Herbert's WI Cakes... and we'll leave it at that shall we?

Light Fruit Cake

6oz sunflower margarine
6oz soft light brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
12oz dried fruit (I used sultanas and dried orange peel but you can use whatever you fancy)
3oz chopped nuts (I used pecans, walnuts and almonds... again, do as you please...)
4oz plain wholemeal flour
4oz plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp mixed spice
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
a pinch of salt
1 tablespoon demerara sugar for sprinkling (I didn't have any so I used soft dark brown sugar)

- grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin and pre-heat oven to 170c

- cream the margarine and sugar for 2 mins, then add the egg gradually beating between spoonfuls.

- add the chopped nuts and fruit and fold in

- add the flours and other dry ingredients and fold in

- pour into the cake tin, sprinkle with sugar and bake for 1 and a 1/4 hours until golden

doesn't look too bad does it?

remember you have until the end of the month to get your entries in!

eat and of course, enjoy!


  1. Feel better soon, sweetie!

  2. Sorry to hear its been a crappy week Dom, hope you feel loads better soon. Meanwhile a sofa day with a slice if that piece if cake-loveliness sounds a perfect pick me up

    PS- am well excited to be partaking in Random Recipes this month-cheers for the inspiration!

  3. Awww. Not fair to be ill when the weather is lovely out there.

  4. thanks guys... am a little cheerier now... am thinking of making cake pops with the leftover fruticake!

    A katescakesandbakes... can't wait for your entry!


  5. Hi Dom, get better soon!
    Looking forward to the cake pops.

  6. Even with your bad cold you have a great sense of humor! Hope you feel better soon. My RX, take 2 slices of your cake, slathered with butter or jam, a hot toddy followed by a long snooze on the sofa! Relax and enjoy!


  7. Hope you feel properly better soon. Summer colds stink :-(

    Looks like a tasty cake, good with a brew!

  8. It looks really good. Hope eating it made you feel better!

  9. Agree with Mary - maybe more than one hot toddy though!!

  10. The cake looks lovely Dom. Sorry to hear you haven't been well. Rest well and I hope you're feeling better soon.

  11. Looks pretty good. Glad you hear you are on the mend.

  12. Spring and summer colds are the worse. Hope you feel better soon. Your cake/bread should help you feel better quicker. I think I might make my cake for the challenge this weekend.

  13. delicious lookin' cake...

    hope you get better soon..

  14. Hope the cake helps speed the recovery - it looks as though it is the kind of cake that could heal all ills (eaten with a right proper cup of tea, of course).

  15. when ever i feel crappy i find baking generally helps me feel better...or maybe it is just the sugar rush...anyway, this looks great!!! :) feel better

  16. Looks absolutely lush! I don't know why fruit cake seems to have gone out of fashion a bit. I make one every week at work and it's really popular but you hardly ever see them on blogs so I'm glad you're also a fruit cake fan :)

  17. Boo hoo, pal! Spring colds suck big-time! Nuff said. Hope you kick it soon! The fruitcake looks good, though! You didn't cough all over the batter did you? JK ... really!

  18. Sorry to hear your feeling bad. Hope you get a better week this time around. What I wat to know though, is was this a good fruit cake or just an average one? I never seem to manage fruit cakes very well and am always hoping for a miracle recipe somewhere.

  19. Whats the difference between Black cake and fruit cake?


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