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Video:How to Make Fruit Cake

with Elaine Lemm

Want to learn how to make classic fruit cake at home? Here, see step-by-step instructions that will walk you through the process.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Fruit Cake

Hi I am Elaine Lemm for About.com British Food and today I’m going to show you how to make a rich Fruit Cake.

Information About Fruit Cake

Rich Fruit Cake is the quintessential British treat to have with a cup of tea in the afternoon. It is delicious. The success of this rich Fruit Cake is that it is started the night before by soaking the dried mixed fruit in cold dark tea. This adds real depth of flavour to the cake and makes it incredibly moist.

Instructions for Making Fruit Cake

The first thing we need to do with our fruit cake is to line the bottom and the sides of a 22 cm / 8 ½ “ cake tin with some grease proof paper and then just put that to one side, and we’ll start to make the cake.

To begin we need put the butter and the dark Muscavado sugar into a nice big bowl, and then we’re going to beat the two together. Then we add in one of the eggs and about a quarter of the flour. Once that’s mixed in I’m going to repeat the same thing, egg by egg and adding a quarter of the flour until they’re all used up.

Additional Instructions for Fruit Cake

That’s the eggs and the flour all mixed in and into the mixture I’m going to add the black treacle, the lemon juice and the brandy and now we use the spoon and stir gently.. no need to rush this.

Finally I’m going to add the baking powder. Now for our fruits I’ve drained the dried mixed fruits and in here we’ve got sultanas, raisins and currants and some finely chopped dates. Add the chopped mixed peel, glace cherries and the ground almonds.

Right, now for our cake tin. All I need to do is very gently with the back of a spoon, level the top of the cake.This is now going into the oven at 160°C, that’s 325°F for 2 to 2 hours.

So the cakes had 2 ½ hours and needs to come out of the oven. Whoa, look at that! I’d like to eat this right now but unfortunately it needs to be left to cool and the best way is to leave it in the tin.

So there you are, a delicious rich Fruit Cake. There’s really little else needed with this now except perhaps a lovely cup of tea.

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