This was the first cake I baked in our new home and it is my Grandma Linda’s Recipe. I am blessed with grandmothers who have great fruit cake recipes. My other Grandma is responsible for an incredible Christmas cake recipe (which also doubles as a great recipe for a wedding fruit cake for any soon-to-be-weds out there). I visited my grandparents in Devon in January and one afternoon was presented with a slice of this cake (it was mandatory) upon which was a thin slice of cheese; it must be their Northern roots (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it though – delicious).
I am a fruit cake fan, be it tea loaf, Bara Brith, boozy Christmas cake or any other variety but this, was something else. The perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea but not so rich that it feels like a dessert. It was more like a tea loaf but ten times better. The icing on the (un-iced) cake was how easy it was to make, it is a wooden spoon recipe. I LOVE a wooden spoon recipe (i.e. shove it in a bowl and stir with a wooden spoon). This recipe makes one round cake (8-9 inch pan) or two smaller loaves.
I’ll be trying it with gluten free flour soon and will let you know how it turns out!
- Place the butter/marge, sugar, fruit, water, bicarb and spices into a large pan. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 1 minute, stirring the whole time.
- Leave the mixture to cool in the pan.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.
- Grease and line your cake tin(s).
- Add the eggs and flour to the cooled mixture and stir well, until properly mixed (with your wooden spoon! wooooo!)
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 1 hr 15 mins.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing from the tins.
- Slice and enjoy with a nice cuppa.