Fay Ripley's fruit cake

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Fay Ripley's fruit cake
Fay Ripley's fruit cake
  • Serves: 8

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

TV fave Fay Ripley made this easy fruit cake for Marie Cure Cancer Care's Blooming Great Tea Party. Ready in under an hour, it's a great last-minute bake


  • 100g dried apricots
  • 100g sultanas
  • 70g pecans
  • 200g butter
  • 160g golden caster sugar (with a little extra for dusting)
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 orange, zest and juice

See how to throw your own Blooming Great Tea Party to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
  2. Whizz or chop apricots, sultanas and pecans a little, into a mincemeat.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar till fluffy then beat in eggs one at a time (with a little of the flour)
  4. Fold in gently, the rest of the flour then everything else.
  5. Plop into a 20cm (ish) lined cake tin, smooth the top.
  6. Bake until firm and golden for about 45 mins and dust in the tin with extra sugar

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