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Quick Fruit Cake

Total calories 2410,
Preparation time 15 minutes
Cooking time 1 - 1 1/4 hours
Oven temperature 180°C, 350°F, gas 4

ingredients

makes 1 cake
100 g (4 oz) butter or margarine
100 g (4 oz) caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
225 g (8 oz) self-raising flour, sifted
100 g (4 oz) mixed dried fruit
50 g (2 oz) glace cherries, washed and sliced

method

1. Line and grease a deep 18 cm/7 in round cake tin.

2. Cream the butter or margarine with the sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, adding a little of the flour to prevent curdling.

3. Mix the dried fruit and cherries with a spoonful of the flour.

4. Fold the remaining flour into the creamed mixture, then fold in the fruit. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin.

5. Level the top of the cake and bake in a moderate oven for 1 - 1 1/4 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

6. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out and cool completely on a wire rack.

To level the surface of a fruit cake mixture, dampen a large metal spoon in hot water, shake off the water and use the rounded side to level the mixture. Dampen the spoon again if the mixture begins to stick.

What did you think?

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Quick fruit cake
posted by Ray Fredericks @ 03:08PM, 10/02/08
There is something wrong with this recipe. The cake was baked for 45 mins in a moderate oven. It didn't rise one bit and was dry like biscuit. Tasty enough, but really needed at least twice the amount of butter in the recipe.
Something wrong...
posted by Darby @ 04:02AM, 10/23/08
I would suggest it was your self-rising flour,being stale/old/out of date and NOT the butter ratio. I had a similar thing happen to me last week with a different recipe and it was the flour.
Cooking issue
posted by Ronnie the rocket @ 10:23AM, 11/12/09
Lovely tasting cake but seems to need considerably less cooking time in a fan oven so keep your eye on it after half an hour
Another cooking issue..
posted by Wiltsmum @ 06:19AM, 2/01/10
I cook this in a 2lb lined loaf tin. It needs ONLY 1 hour in a non fan-oven; centre shelf; consider 180 degrees for first 15 mins, reduce to 160 for rest. Cover top if its browning too quickly.
Quick fruit cake
posted by Garon @ 01:56PM, 6/17/10
Tastes fantastic if you use demerara instead of caster sugar.
Perfect recipe
posted by Bob the baker @ 10:14AM, 8/29/10
Tried this the first time and was a little dry, did it again but with 125g of butter and 125g of sugar which made all the difference - second attempt was perfect
Rubbish Fruit cake :-(
posted by Julie @ 08:03AM, 9/24/10
I agree with the top review, there is something wrong with this recipe.........there was nothing wrong with my flour, it was a brand new bag by a reputable company. It did not rise at all, I only baked for 40 mins, as if I have done for an hour or 1 and a qtr hrs, the thing would of been cremated ! Not a good fruit cake recipe at all :-(
Something deffinatly wrong!!!!!!
posted by tracey @ 10:17AM, 9/27/10
And that makes three of us, i had the same problem with the top and the bottom reviews..... it did not rise and the flour was fresh,and i followed it to the letter, and it had to be taken out after 45 mins, as it was very cooked by then, so something wrong somewhere!!!!!!
Disappointing :-)
posted by ruby tuesday @ 06:20PM, 9/28/10
My cake turned out very dry and burnt, nor did it rise. I should have kept more of an eye on it whilst baking, I baked it for an hour.
Worked really well but changed the method a little.
posted by Pronta. @ 02:03PM, 10/06/10
I mixed the flour and the sugar, melted the fat in the microwave so it would pour.
Add the fat and rub the mixture to an even fine consistency like bread crumbs, whisk the eggs fold them in gently adding about 5-6 tablespoons of milk.
Add the fruit folding in gently.
Place in centre of the oven at 180 till the top has hardened enough to cover with baking paper the turn down to 160.
Remove when knife comes out clean.

I have made this twice using this method and it's been perfect both times. NB. I did make it in double quantity.
Fruite cake
posted by shosho @ 11:47AM, 11/01/10
If you follow the recipe this cake is a winner my family love it
Seems okay
posted by Leanne @ 07:25AM, 12/23/10
Followed receipe word for word and my cake worked out wonderfully rised and well coloured
Simple & delicious
posted by Anu @ 09:03AM, 1/01/11
The cake turned out great - the only change I made is adding a little milk as the batter was too thick.
Fabulous Fruity Fun
posted by Mr Luigi @ 12:37PM, 2/18/11
Great cake, made twice, easy to follow recipe, prep 15min, hour in the oven is perfect! Jobs a good n'. God I love fruit cakes (the cakes that is)

Mrs Felicia Lawrence
posted by Felicia L:awrence @ 10:53AM, 5/31/11
I am glad I read the other reviews. I warmed the marge in the microwave before beating in the sugar. I only used sultanas and added grated lemon as we like that flavour. I also added milk to make a less thick consistency and baked the cake for
about 40 mins in a fan oven at 160c. The cake has turned out absolutely perfect
and is nicely browned. I will follow this recipe from now on. Had I not read the reviews my cake would have not turned out as it has.
Mrs Felicia Lawrence
posted by Felicia L:awrence @ 10:53AM, 5/31/11
I am glad I read the other reviews. I warmed the marge in the microwave before beating in the sugar. I only used sultanas and added grated lemon as we like that flavour. I also added milk to make a less thick consistency and baked the cake for
about 40 mins in a fan oven at 160c. The cake has turned out absolutely perfect
and is nicely browned. I will follow this recipe from now on. Had I not read the reviews my cake would have not turned out as it has.
TONY T
posted by tony @ 08:29AM, 7/22/11
Cake came out fine very nice not sure what the whingers did wrong
posted by -Shirt @ 03:58PM, 8/25/11
Worked fairly well - 40 mins, fan oven, 180c.
Rose OK, but I did put a pinch of baking soda in with the flour.
Next time, going to go with about 1.5 times as much so there's more of it!
First time baking
posted by dan moore @ 07:48AM, 7/07/12
For a blokes first time ever baking this cake turned out fine,

mixed as intrutions said, baked for 50mins ONLY and was great, as a rough cake or for kids to make this is perfect
What a shame!
posted by J Fowkes @ 01:04PM, 10/05/12
Having put the cake in the oven I then read the reviews. Big mistake. I'm sorry to say it is awfull. Very dry and tasteless, and my flour was fresh as were my eggs. Sorry.
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