12 mini (small baked bean tin) cakes. Original full sized cake recipe from Prima Christmas 2005 supplement
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 1hour30minutes
Total Time 1hour45minutes
500gmixed dried fruitAldi do a very nice one
zest of one orange
200mlsherry or other suitable alcohol like whiskybrandy or sloe gin (if you don’t want to use alcohol, use orange juice instead)
225gdark brown sugar
4large eggslightly beaten
Put cherries and other dried fruits plus zest in bowl and soak in sherry overnight.
Line the cake tins: Lightly grease base and sides. Line sides with a double thickness of baking parchment that stands 5cm above tin. Make 1 cm cuts at base to help it lie flat. Line base with double layer of parchment.
Preheat oven to 150°c. Whisk butter and sugar for 5 min till light and fluffy. Whisk in eggs slowly. When almost added, whisk in some flour to stop it curdling.
Fold in flour, spices, fruit and almonds. Spoon into lined tin and make a small dip in the middle of the mixture.
Wrap tin in a double thickness of brown paper (or parchment) and tie with piece of string. Cook for 60-90 minutes. If you want the top of the cake to brown a bit more untie the string, so the top of paper is open, for the last quarter an hour.