- STEP 1
If you're preparing this cake early, feel free to soak the fruit and cherries in brandy and / or cider. I 've found two weeks is sufficient.
- STEP 2
Take a 24cm round tin, grease and line with greaseproof paper. Make a tin foil 'chimney' which extends double the height of the tin to prevent scorching and prevent cracking. Warm oven to Gas 2 / 150 C / 300 F.
- STEP 3
Mix together flour & spice.
- STEP 4
Beat eggs & milk. Add brandy. If you want to, a splash of strong still cider works well.
- STEP 5
Soften butter (30s in the microwave works nicely) and cream together with sugar.
- STEP 6
Add flour & egg bit by bit mixing well
- STEP 7
Add mixed fruit & cherries
- STEP 8
Put mix into tin. Tie tin foil round tin and place in oven for 3.5hrs
- STEP 9
At 3.5hrs, remove foil and return to oven for 30 mins.
- STEP 10
Allow to cool in the tin on a wire rack