A rich fruit cake is a perfect blend of fruit and nuts in a cake batter that uses brown sugar as a base. Flavored with warm spices such as ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves or cardamon. Traditionally alcohol was used to ripen the cake but orange juice works just as well. The blend of these ingredients together creates a unique Christmas aroma you will never forget.
3tbspAdditional Rum /brandy (Extra to pour on top)
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Prepare cake pan for baking. Spray and line the pan with baking parchment on the bottom and sides.
Wrap the outside of the pan in aluminum foil to prevent overcooking.
Place the cake pan in a larger baking tray ready for water bath baking. (see video above)
Preheat the oven to 150 C / 300 F
Sift all dry ingredients (except fruits) in a bowl - including salt and spices.
If you adding soaked fruits drain and set them in the colander until ready to add to the cake.
and If you don't soak the fruits - Place all the fruit in one bowl and add half of all the flour. This prevents the fruit from sinking to the bottom of the cake during baking but this cannot be prepared much ahead of time to do only if when are ready to mix the batter.
Place butter and sugar in an electric mixer with a paddle attachment and cream until light and fluffy
Add eggs one at a time.
If using black treacle add it now, followed by vanilla extract and the liquid (rum/brandy/juice)
If using soaked fruits add them the batter now.
But, If using un-soaked fruits - add them to the flour mix then add the fruit/flour mixture to the batter.
Add the ground almonds now too
Spread the batter into the prepared baking pan.
Bake in a double boiler
Place the pan in an oven tray and add boiling water to the tray. This will prevent the cake from drying out.
Bake on the center rack 150 C/300 F for approximately 2 hours.
To test, insert a skewer into the center of the cake if it comes out clean your cake is ready.
If necessary cover the cake top with baking paper to prevent over browning.
When baked, add additional liquor if using
Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack completely.
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