Apple Fruit Cake

Apple Fruit Cake


Serves : 12

  • 300g caster sugar
  • 200g margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 400g plain flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 175g chopped walnuts
  • 220g raisins
  • 220g dates, pitted and chopped
  • 125g glace cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 500g apple sauce
  • 6 glace cherries, halved
  • 6 pecan halves

Directions to make the Apple Fruit Cake

  • Preheat oven to 160 C / Gas 2 1/2. Grease a 26cm tube cake tin. Line bottom with baking parchment and grease again.
  • In large bowl, cream sugar and margarine until light and fluffy. Add eggs and blend well.
  • Combine 65g flour with nuts, raisins, dates and 125g cherries, stir until coated. Set aside.
  • Add remaining flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and salt to egg mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened, then beat 2 minutes on medium speed.
  • Fold fruit and nut mixture and apple sauce into batter. Pour batter into prepared tin. Arrange cherry halves and pecans on top.
  • Bake in prehated oven for 75 to 105 minutes or until skewer inserted in centre comes clean. Cool upright in tin 5 minutes. Turn out onto wire rack and remove tin and baking parchment. Cool completely.