• Prep Time 30 minutes
  • Cook Time 20 minutes
  • Serving For 8 people
  • Difficulty Normal
This recipe is best with
Anchor Unsalted Butter

Recipe Ingredient

  • 750g mixed fruits
  • 150g almonds - split into halves
  • 150g cashewnuts - chopped coarsely
  • 100g green glaced cherries - quartered
  • 100g dried apricots - chopped
  • (B):
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 150g strawberry jam
  • 250g butter
  • 125g brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp treacle
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 5 egg yolks
  • Sift these ingredients twice:
  • 175g plain flour
  • 75g self-raising flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 5 egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 50g sugar


  1. Combine (a) in a basin, add in (b) and mix well. Cover and allow to macerate for 5 to 7 days. Mix the contents in the basin well every day. On the day when the well-macerated mixed fruits and nuts are to be used, add in 50g flour.
  2. Line a deep 22cm square cake tin with three layers of greaseproof paper.
  3. Beat butter until slightly soft then add sugar and continue to beat until well combined. Add in egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Add creamed mixture into the fruit mixture. Mix well. Stir in sifted flour and mix evenly.
  5. Beat egg white with salt until soft peaks form, and gradually add sugar. Beat until mixture is of meringue consistency. Fold meringue into the cream and fruit mixture and mix thoroughly.
  6. Turn mixture into prepared tin. Level up evenly and bake in a preheated oven at 150 ºC for 1 hour. Lower temperature to 140 ºC and continue to bake for 2 hours. When cake is baked, remove from the oven and brush the top evenly with 2 to 3 tbsp brandy (optional). Cover cake with aluminium foil and leave cake to cool in the tin.
  7. Remove the aluminium foil and tin from cake but leave lining paper intact. Wrap cake with a layer of aluminium foil and store cake in the refrigerator to mature. This cake keeps up to 3 months. Remove the cake from the refrigerator. Cut into even slices then leave cake at room temperature before serving.

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