Prep (excl resting time) 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs (approx) mins
A traditional fruit cake served at Easter, layered with marzipan in the middle before baking. Top with marzipan to serve.
- 250g (9oz) salted butter
- 250g (9oz) demerara sugar
- 5 medium eggs, beaten
- 250g (9oz) self-raising flour
- 1 tsp Schwartz Cinnamon Ground
- 1½ tsp Schwartz Mixed Spice
- 50g (2oz) ground almonds
- 75g (3oz) glacé cherries, chopped
- 100g (4oz) mixed peel
- 250g (9oz) currants
- 125g (5oz) sultanas
- 450g (1lb) raisins
- 700g (1lb 9oz) marzipan
- 50g (2oz) apricot jam
To test if the cake is cooked, press down on the top of the cake and if it springs back it is baked through. This cake is best served 24 hours after baking.
STEP 1Pre-heat the oven to 140°C, 275°F, Gas Mark 1.
STEP 2Cream the butter and sugar together, then slowly fold in the beaten eggs. Sieve the self raising flour, Ground Cinnamon and Mixed Spice together and then add the ground almonds. Fold into the egg, butter and sugar mixture to form a batter. Combine the dried fruit and fold into the batter.
STEP 3Grease and line a 20cm (8") cake tin and pour ½ the cake mixture into the cake tin. Roll out 300g of the marzipan into a 19cm circle, approx 1cm thick, and place on top of the cake mixture in the tin. Pour the remaining cake mixture into the tin and spread evenly. Leave to rest for 10 minutes, then cover with greaseproof paper.
STEP 4Bake in the oven for 2 hours 45 minutes - 3 hours 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Take the greaseproof paper off after 2 hours.
STEP 5Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes, then remove from the cake tin and place on a cooling rack. Once cool, heat up the jam and spread evenly over the top of the cake. Roll out 225g of the marzipan into a circle and place on top of the cake. Take 25g of the remaining marzipan and roll into a long thin sausage shape and place around the edge of the cake. Divide the remaining marzipan into 12, roll into balls and place around the edge of the cake.
STEP 6Glaze with a blow touch or place under a hot pre-heated grill for 5 minutes, turning occasionally, to brown the top of the cake. Delicious served immediately.