Celebration Cake by Theresa Bourne

Celebration Cake

Posted by Competition Entrant on 18/12/2013

  • Recipe difficulty: Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Blog post
  • 5 of 5 3
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  • Serves: Up to 10 people
  • Recipe course: Desserts

Ingredients

500g sultanas
500g raisins
250g currants
500g glace cherries (some halved others left whole)
250g chopped dried apricots
70cl brandy
500g butter
500g dark brown sugar
6 eggs
500g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1tsp cinnamon
1 tsp all spice
half tsp ground ginger
half tsp nutmeg
1tbsp black treacle
70cl brandy

Entered by Theresa Bourne on 18/12/2013

A rich fruit cake - great for Christmas but also weddings, christening, dedications etc. what ever the celebration this is a deliciously moist fruit cake but be careful about driving after! Decorate with marzipan and royal icing.

Method

  1. Start at least 2 weeks before you want to marzipan/ ice/ serve. Soak all fruit in 70cl brandy about a week or more before you want to make the cake. Cover with cling film. Shake or stir daily and you can add more brandy!
  2. Set oven gas 2, 150*c or 130*c fan, 300*f
  3. Cream butter and sugar util light and fluffy - kenwood great for this. Add eggs and flour and beat well.
  4. Then add baking powder, spices, teacle and salt but only for a short burst until mixed through.
  5. Fold in fruit and put into double lined loose bottom 10" cake tin (deep tin).
  6.  Surround tin with either newspaper or brown paper at least 3" above top of tin. Tie with string. Bake for at least 2 and a half hours . Do not check before 2 hours. Can take up to 4 hours but check every half hour. Corked when skewer comes out clean.
  7. Once cooked skewer all over and spoon brandy over cake ( about 2-3 tbsp) - leave to cool in tin. Turn out when cool.
  8.  Skewer bottom and again use brandy. Wrap tightly in balking paper and cling film/ foil. Store bottom up for one week. Each week feed with brandy and turn over to store until ready to marzipan.
  9. You can do this for up to a month. Marzipan , ice or serve. You don't need big slices as very rich. Moist and delicious with apricots and cherries as jewels within this dark mix.

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Ingredients

500g sultanas
500g raisins
250g currants
500g glace cherries (some halved others left whole)
250g chopped dried apricots
70cl brandy
500g butter
500g dark brown sugar
6 eggs
500g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1tsp cinnamon
1 tsp all spice
half tsp ground ginger
half tsp nutmeg
1tbsp black treacle
70cl brandy

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