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6" Deep Luxury Christmas Fruit Cake Or A Normal 8" Cake (Slow Cooker)

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Cooking time

Prep: 1 hour Cook: 4 hours

Skill level

Easy

Servings

1 Deep 6" cake or a normal 8" cake

Extremely tasty Christmas cake perfect for friend's, family & loved ones.

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Ingredients

  • 600g - 1kg luxury mixed fruit depending on size of cake
  • 110g softened butter - extra for greasing
  • 1tbsp Black Treacle
  • 3 Eggs
  • 200g Self Raising Flour
  • 1tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1tbsp Mixed Spice
  • 1tbsp Cinnamon
  • 150ml - 200ml Brandy (Leave fruit to soak in this overnight)
  • Juice & zest of 1 Lemon
  • Juice & zest of 1 orange
  • 100g Flaked Almonds
  • 150g Soft light brown sugar or if preferred use dark brown sugar

Method

  1. Soak your fruit in the brandy, cover with foil or cling film and leave overnight.

  2. In your mixer, beat your butter until light and fluffy. Add the brown sugar and treacle then mix until all combined.

  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs together. Add 50g of your flour to the mixture in your mixer then one spoonful at a time add the eggs. This step is important as your mixture could curdle. If this happens add more flour to give it a better hold and consistency. Mix thouroughly.

  4. Fold in the remaining flour, baking powder, mixed spice, cinnamon, flaked almonds and both juice & zests of the lemon and orange. Mix well then add your fruit. Once again mix well.

  5. Grease your cake tin and double line with baking paper then add your mixture. Add some water to your slow cooker then put in your cake tin. Place a towel under the lid and put on high for 3-4 hours (Times vary with each slow cooker)

  6. Remove and allow to cool completely before removing from the cake tin.

  7. Once cooled, feed your cake with more brandy then double wrap in baking paper, followed by cling film and place in a cool dark cupboard. Feed as little and as often as you like. When you are ready to decorate, cover cake in an apricot glaze, cover with marzipan then icing. Decorate how you wish. Enjoy!!!!

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