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Kelly Douglass' christmas cake

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Kelly Douglass' christmas cake
Kelly Douglass' christmas cake
  • Serves: 8-12

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

goodtoknow user Kelly posted her pretty Christmas fruit cake on our Facebook page and says: 'This cake is very forgiving so you can add in fruit and nuts and it will still turn out perfect'

Ingredients

  • 120g/4oz margarine
  • 170g/6oz sugar
  • 340g/140z dried fruit
  • 225ml/8fl oz water
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • tsp of mixed spice
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 120g/4oz plain flour
  • 120g/4oz self raising flour
  • pinch of salt
  • You will need either a 7" square tin or an 8" round tin.

The cake can be stored for a couple of months in a tin wrapped in foil and can be 'spiked' with brandy and decorated to become a Christmas cake.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C/gas mark 4
  2. Prepare the tin by applying a thin layer of margarine and 2 layers of greaseproof paper.
  3. Put the margarine, water, sugar, fruit, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice in a saucepan over a moderate heat. Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 min.
  4. Pour into a mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Add eggs, flour and salt to the cooled mixture.
  6. Pour into prepared tin and bake for 1 hrs, until an inserted metal skewer comes out clean.
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