- zest 1 orange or 2 clementines, plus 100m juice
The smallest and sweetest variety of tangerine is sweet and tangy, contains no seeds and is…
- zest 2 lemons, plus 100ml juice
Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…
- 1 tbsp orange blossom water
- 1 tsp rosewater
- 3 tbsp clear honey
- 200g glacé cherries
- 200g mixed peel
- 200g dried apricots, diced
- 175g golden sultanas
- 140g dried cranberries or sour cherries, or a mix
A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…
- 100g dried mango, diced
- 280g butter at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 140g golden caster sugar
- 140g light muscovado sugar
- 4 large eggs, beaten
The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…
- 250g plain flour
- 100g ground almonds
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
To feed the cake
- 1 tsp orange blossom water
- 50ml orange juice
Mix together the orange and lemon zests and juice, the orange blossom water, rosewater and honey in a large bowl. Stir in all of the dried fruit, cover and leave overnight to soak.
The next day, heat oven to 160C/140C fan/ gas 3. Grease and double-line a 22cm round or square cake tin (for a flatter cake) or a 20cm round or square tin (for a deeper cake) with baking parchment. In another big bowl, beat the butter and sugars together with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one by one, then fold in the flour, almonds and cinnamon.
Tip in the soaked fruits and any juices left in the bowl, and stir in. Spoon the mix into the prepared tin and level the top. If you want your cake flat rather than slightly rounded, make a gradual dip in the centre of the mix with the back of a wooden spoon. Bake for 1 hr 30 mins, then turn the oven down to 140C/120C fan/gas 1 and bake for another 1 hr 30 mins for 22cm cakes, or 1 hr 50 mins for 20cm cakes, until a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin, sitting on a wire rack.
While the cake is still warm, mix together the feeding ingredients, pepper the cake with holes using a thin skewer and spoon over the liquid. If you’re making the cake ahead of time, feed once a week for up to 4 weeks. Keep well wrapped in parchment, inside an airtight container, for up to 1 month. If you’re not getting ahead, this cake tastes just as delicious a day or two after baking.