The first fruit cake I made in 2018 was for my dad’s 90th birthday last November. He wanted a small family party and when I asked him what sort of cake he would like he said a fruit cake. This rather took me by surprise.
All the years since Mum died I have been making him chocolate cakes, ginger cakes and many others, but never a fruit cake. Maybe he was hankering after one for ages but was too polite to say!
I rarely make a fruit cake so I looked in my cook books and on the net for recipes and settled on one by Mary Berry called “Easy Fruit Cake”.
It comes from one of her cookery books that I don’t actually own called “Mary Berry’s Cookery Course” and you can see it on the internet here.
It really was delicious. It had a lovely almondy flavour and nice light texture with the fruit evenly distributed. (I have noticed that almond essence appears regularly in Mary’s recipes.) It also kept well in an airtight tin. I decided this would be my go-to fruit cake recipe for whenever I wanted to make another one – then along came fruit cake #2, Sandringham cake, as per a previous post……
225g softened butter or baking spread (I used Flora Buttery)
225g caster sugar
225g self raising flour
100g ground almonds
½ tsp almond essence
450g mixed dried fruit
25g flaked almonds to decorate
Preheat the oven to 160C / 140Fan / gas mk 3. Butter a deep 20cm springform cake tin and line the base and sides.
Cream the butter or spread and sugar with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
Fold in the flour, almonds, and extract and mix thoroughly. Add the fruit and mix well.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and level the top. Scatter the flaked almonds evenly over the top.
Bake for 1½ – 2 hours until done. (Mine took 1¾ hours.) Cool in the tin.
Cuts into 12 slices.