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Sticky Date Cake

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Serves 10

Great for afternoon tea

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  • 110g Raisins
  • 225g Chopped dates
  • 175g sultanas
  • 110g Dried currants
  • 275g Butter
  • 275ml water
  • 1x440g can condensed milk
  • 150g wholemeal flour
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 heaped tbsp chunky marmalade


    1. Preheat the oven to 170C/340F/gas 3. Grease and line 20cm/8inch cake tin
    2. Place the raisins, dates, sultanas,and currents into a pan together with the butter, water and condensed milk. Slowly bring to the boil, stirring frequently to prevent the mixture from burning. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes
    3. Transfer the mixture to a heatproof bowl and set aside to cool
    4. Mix together the wholemeal flour, plain flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a separate bowl
    5. When the fruit mixture has cooled, fold it into the flour along with the marmalade until smooth and well combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin
    6. Cover the tin with a double layer of baking parchmonet, then bake the cake in the oven for 13/4 hour, or until the cake is springy to touch and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean
    7. To serve, allow the cake to coll for 10 minutes in the tin before turning out onto a cooling rack

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Ebs Manning
8th Dec, 2018
This is originally a Delia recipe. The best fruit cake I have ever made and so easy. The original recipe was with margarine not butter, so still use that and never bother with the salt. It also fits two 2lb loaf tins which brings the baking time down to 40-45 mins. I sometimes make mini loaves and put a strip of marzipan in the centre.
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Helen Godfrey
11th Jun, 2018
beware there are several mistakes in this recipe, it says use salt in the method but doesn't say how much in the ingredients in fact doesn't show it at all. it doesn't say which wholemeal flour to use -- it comes in two types , plain and self raising. and the time to cook is a put in an unusual way ie; 13/4 I worked out that probably meant an hour and a quarter , would have been better to say that !
4th Jul, 2010
this recipie is from the hairy bikers mum's know best book. i've made this cake a few times and it is lovely , it keeps well if you wrap it up in greaseproof paper. people have compared it to a rich christmas cake. i'm making this again as part of a cake sale that i'm having this week.
4th Aug, 2013
There's no salt in the ingredient list, but its mentioned in the ingredients. Any idea how much?
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