Festive Fruity Christmas Cake

Serves: 15

You will need

10 packs (18g) Fruit Bowl Strawberry Fruit Flakes
10 packs (18g) Fruit Bowl Raspberry Fruit Flakes
10 packs (18g) Fruit Bowl Blackcurrant Fruit Flakes
5 packs (16g) Fruit Bowl Blackcurrant Peelers
5 packs (16g) Fruit Bowl Strawberry Peelers
5 packs (16g) Fruit Bowl Raspberry Peelers
250g softened butter
150g light soft brown sugar
3 large eggs
100g mixed peel
200g raisins
250g self-raising flour
60g ground almonds
50ml apple or orange juice
1 and a half tablespoons of golden syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Teaspoon of jam or marmalade
Additional tablespoon of caster sugar and teaspoon of cinnamon for decoration
Baking parchment
20cm high sided cake tin



Directions

1 Preheat your oven to 165 degrees/gas mark 3

2 Mix the sugar and butter in a bowl

3 In a jug, mix the apple juice, eggs and golden syrup together

4 Gradually add the wet mixture to the butter and sugar until combined

5 Now gradually add the flour, almonds and spices until combined

6 Take your Fruit Bowl Peelers, and chop into 6 pieces each

7 Add to the mixture along with the Fruit Bowl Fruit Flakes and raisins

8 Combine until well distributed throughout the mixture

9 Take your cake tin and line the base and sides with two layers of your greaseproof paper, leaving additional paper sticking out the top to protect the cake when it rises

10 Spoon the mixture into the cake tin

11 Cook for an hour

12 Reduce the oven temperature to 150 degrees and cook for another two hours

13 Keep checking on the cake, if the top is going a little too dark then cover with a piece of greaseproof paper

14 After the three hours, check the cake is cooked by inserting a skewer into the middle; if it comes out clean the cake is cooked

15 Remove the cake from the tin and cool on a wire rack

16 Once the cake is cool, take a piece of baking parchment and cut out a star stencil by folding it in half and cutting half a star along the fold, leaving paper at the top and bottom

17 Place the star over the cake and brush the star shape very lightly with jam

18 Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the jam

19 Remove the stencil to uncover a sparkling Christmas star

20 Serve!

Recipe courtesy of Fruit Bowl



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